Each year, Sumter's Home Chapter, NSDAR recognizes outstanding students at its February meeting. The chapter sponsors two essay contests - one for elementary and one for high school students.
The first is the DAR American …
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The first is the DAR American History Essay Contest for grades 5-8, and the second is the DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship for grades 9-12. It is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The student selected as each school's DAR Good Citizen must possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Students who enter the contest are eligible for awards beyond the chapter level. Each state winner receives an award in the amount of at least $250 and a state DAR Good Citizens pin and certificate.
The three regional national division winners will receive a cash award in the amount of $500. The national winner is invited to Washington, D.C., to attend the national DAR Continental Congress and will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl and a certificate.
The 2018 Sumter's Home Chapter essay winners are: from left, Payton Houser - Thomas Sumter Academy, Good Citizen School Winner; Hannah Partin - Lakewood High School, Good Citizen School Winner and Chapter Winner; Lesley Strickland - Crestwood High School, Good Citizen School Winner; Brandon Lee - Sumter Christian School, Good Citizen School Winner; Layton Creech -Wilson Hall School, Good Citizen School Winner; Mason Reese - Furman Middle School, Seventh-Grade American History Winner; and Taelyn Savitski - Millwood Elementary School, Fifth-Grade American History Winner.
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