El Paso de Robles Chapter Contests

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 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
This contest was 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 5 through 8 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.

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.

Youth Citizenship Contest
The Youth Citizenship Contest Medals are presented to students in grades 5 through 11, 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 Contest Medals are based upon five qualities.

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

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