Each year, Sumter’s Home Chapter of the NSDAR sponsors two essay contests and recognizes outstanding students at its February meeting. The first is the DAR American History Essay contest for grades 5-8. The second is the DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship for high school seniors. 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 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, DC, to attend the national DAR Continental Congress and will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl, and a certificate.

Congratulations to all of the 2019 local essay contest winners:

(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 (Absent)

Nathan R. Schrader, Crestwood High School, Good Citizen School Winner

Leah Renee Scott, Sumter Christian School, Good Citizen School Winner

Katherine Grace Singleton, Sumter High School, Good Citizen School and Chapter Winner