Sumter's Home Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recognized outstanding students at its February meeting by sponsoring two essay contests - one for elementary school students and one for high school students.
The first is the DAR American History Essay Contest for grades 5-8, and the second is the DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship program for high school seniors. The purpose is to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Criteria for choosing students as each school's DAR Good Citizen is that he or she 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 special 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 2019 Sumter's Home Chapter essay winners, from left:
- Taryn McBrayer, Thomas Sumter Academy, 6th Grade American History Winner;
- Karen McKenzie Brannon, Thomas Sumter, Good Citizen School Winner;
- Vincent Judah Cohee, Wilson Hall School, Good Citizen School Winner;
- Jonathan Paul Jones, Lakewood High School, Good Citizen School Winner;
- Leah Renee Scott, Sumter Christian School, Good Citizen School Winner; and
- Katherine Grace Singleton, Sumter High School, Good Citizen School and Chapter Winner.
Not pictured: Nathan R. Schrader, Crestwood High School, Good Citizen School Winner
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