National Society Daughters of
The American Revolution, (NSDAR)
Commodore John Barry Chapter
We sponsor several contests and awards, including:
All of the schools in our area will be invited to participate in the JAC, American History, Christopher Columbus, and DAR Good Citizens Contests. These contests are conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.
The JAC Contest is open to all pre-school through 12th-grade students in public, private, and parochial schools, and in sanctioned home study programs, in the following divisions: gifted, general, and special needs. The categories are: Poster, Stamp Design, Banner, Photographic Essay, Community Service, and
The American History Contest is open to all grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students. Each year a topic is chosen by NSDAR. Fifth-grade students’ essays must be between 300 and 600 words. Sixth through eighth-grade students’ essays must be between 600 and 1,000 words. Each essay must be the student’s original work.
The Christopher Columbus Contest is open to all high school students. Their topic is also assigned each year by NSDAR. Their essay must be between 800 and 1,200 words.
The DAR Good Citizens award is designed for high school seniors enrolled in accredited high schools. One winner is selected from each high school and must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The second part to the DAR Good Citizens Award is the national scholarship. The DAR Good Citizens Scholarship is an optional part of the program which involves the essay for the state and national level. The national winner receives a $5,000 award. The essay is to be written in a two-hour sitting and not exceed 500 words in length. It must be handwritten in the presence of a DAR or faculty member. Students are given the topic when they sit for the essay.
There are three high schools in our area which sponsor the JROTC program. We present an outstanding high school JROTC cadet from each school with a certificate, bronze medal, and monetary award. The cadet is selected by his/her commander for his/her outstanding leadership.