El Paso de Robles Chapter Contests

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The DAR is dedicated to educating America’s youth and supports a variety of different programs, contests, and awards to help further this goal. El Paso de Robles Chapter’s American History/Youth Contest Committee conducts the American History Essay Contest, the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, the DAR Good Citizens, and the Citizenship Contest. All contests are open to students in public, private, parochial schools, and registered home-study programs.

American History Essay Contest
Established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and to learn about history in a new light. Students in grades 5th through 8th are encouraged to participate. Each year a topic is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. Students compete for awards and medals at the chapter, state, and national levels.

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 9th through 12th. Each year the DAR and the NIAF agree upon a topic, and contest instructions are published online and sent to the schools. 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 NIAF.

DAR Good Citizens
The DAR Good Citizens Award 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.

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.
PATRIOTISM                                                                                                                                Which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation to an outstanding degree.

Citizenship Contest
The Citizenship Contest Medals are presented to students in grades 5th through 8th enrolled in accredited public or private schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education. United States citizenship is not required. The student awarded for Citizenship are based upon five qualities.

HONOR                                                                                                                                    Honesty high principles, trustworthiness, loyalty, truthfulness, punctuality, moral strength, and stability, cleanliness in mind and body.
SERVICE                                                                                                                                    
Cooperation, meritorious behavior bringing honor to school or community, kindliness, unselfishness, true Americanism, individual responsibility to Home, to Country, to God.
COURAGE                                                                                                                                     
Mental and physical, determination to overcome obstacles.
LEADERSHIP                                                                                                                       
Personality, originality, ability to lead and hold others, good sportsmanship, responsibility.
PATRIOTISM                                                                                                                         
Fundamental Americanism.

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