The DAR Good Citizens award recognizes outstanding young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. The award program is open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of education. If you work with high school seniors in the local area and would like more information on the DAR Good Citizens award, please contact the c ommittee chair for details. The American History Essay Contest is open to ANY student in grades fifth through eighth in any of the area schools or homeschooled students. Our chapter chooses one overall winner for EACH grade level to send on to the state competition each year.
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Henderson County high school student Maleeyah Gumbs had one piece of information -- the topic of the essay. The essay alone wouldn't be enough though to present her with the Good Citizen Award. In fact, Gumbs was also honored for living as an example of a good citizen through activities such as being part of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Colonelette Dance Team, Rise and Mentor, and being an active member of her youth group at First United Methodist Church. Gumbs was one of three Henderson County residents to be lauded by the DAR at the organization's st annual tea and award ceremony. Haley said her favorite part of the trip to Yellowstone was visiting "the hot springs. They smelled like sulphur.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. The youth awards consisted of two contests; one honoring a high school senior nominated by his or her school for the Good Citizen award, and an American History Essay Contest for 5th-8th grade students from several area schools. Megan Boyle, Chairman of the Good Citizen Committee addressed the crowd of nearly one hundred people made up of students, parents, teachers, school principals and chapter members, to introduce the nominees for the Good Citizen award. Both girls had to submit information about their achievements and write an essay on how one's personal heritage affects one's duties to our nation.
Not all winners could attend due to the weather. The winners and their families along with their teachers and judges are invited to attend. One winner is selected for each grade level from all the entries received. There were no entries for fifth grade; the winner for sixth grade was Grace Graham from Fleming School, seventh grade winner was Kody Donnelson from Fleming School and the eighth grade winner was Tony Abarca from Sterling Middle School.