Contests and Awards
California DAR awards
American History Essay Contest
The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.
This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
DAR American History, Good Citizens Award, and Christopher Columbus Essay Winners 2013
Krystla Soltani, Ariana Cvitaric, Namrata Balasingam, Eleanor Lemco, Katrina Le
Rishabh Rajesh, Jerry Peng Anusha Ghosh
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 1996 to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus.
The contest is open to students in grades nine through twelve. Each year the DAR and the NIAF agree upon a topic for use during the academic year, and contest instructions are published online and sent to the schools by participating DAR chapters.
Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. Judging at the national level is supervised by the NSDAR.
2013 Christopher Columbus Winner - From Archbishop Mitty High School
DAR Good Citizens
The DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education. United States citizenship is not required.
The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the following qualities and will be awarded the DAR Good Citizens pin:
- Dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality);
- Service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others);
- Leadership (which includes personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and
- Patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree.
2013 Good Citzen Award Winner - From Prospect High School
Gold and bronze ROTC medals are presented to outstanding high school and college cadets.
- The DAR ROTC gold medal is awarded to a college or university graduate being commissioned in one of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The DAR ROTC bronze medal is awarded to not more than one student in a secondary school JROTC program, either a junior or a senior, or a junior college graduating senior. A graduating senior of a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Unit is eligible to receive the DAR ROTC bronze medal.
The Los Gatos Chapter proudly presents this award yearly to a Santa Clara University ROTC student. We present our award during the annual awards ceremony, which is truly inspirational, and we are very happy to have the opportunity to participate.
In 2013 Brigitte Clark received the ROTC Medal for her outstanding participation in the Bronco Battalion.