History Essay Winner - District IV and State!

District IV & State Winner

District IV & State Winner

District IV & State Winner

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This year’s essay writers were invited to imagine being one of the passengers on the Mayflower.  Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and start a new life in the wilderness? 

Tyler Chang - District IV

District IV & State Winner

District IV & State Winner

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7th grade is Tyler Chang from Barrington Middle School Station Campus. Tyler is also the winner for our District 4, and the Illinois State Champion!  

Tyler receiving his award.

District IV & State Winner

Regent Joyce Wright, Chris Chang, and Tyler Chang

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Each year chapters in the Illinois DAR sponsor the American History essay contest. All grade 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled, are eligible. The contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

Regent Joyce Wright, Chris Chang, and Tyler Chang

Regent Joyce Wright, Chris Chang, and Tyler Chang

Regent Joyce Wright, Chris Chang, and Tyler Chang

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Signal Hill Chapter, NSDAR is proud to announce that our 7th grade History Essay also is our District IV winner.

Proud Parent

Regent Joyce Wright, Chris Chang, and Tyler Chang

Proud Parent

Chris Change proud parent of his son Tyler Chang.

Chris Chang and his son Tyler Chang.

ANNUAL YOUTH AWARDS DAY 2020

L to R: Jainik Shroff, Kalyani Maryunadh, Tyler Chang, Abigail S. Betz, Regent Joyce Wright, and His

ANNUAL YOUTH AWARDS DAY

The Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR announces American History Essay Winners!

2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony and was this year’s essay topic.  Specifically, this year’s essay writers were invited toimagine being one of the passengers on the Mayflower.  Knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would you have packed to prepare for the trip and start a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea and finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?  

The first-place winners:

5th grade is Abagail S. Betz from Hough Street School in Barrington. 

6th grade is Kalyani Manjunadh from Station Middle School in Barrington.  

7th grade is Tyler Chang from Barrington Middle School Station Campus. Tyler is also the winner for our District 4, and the Illinois State Champion!  

8th grade is Jainik Shroff from Barrington Middle School Station Campus.

 L to R: Jainik Shroff, Kalyani Maryunadh, Tyler Chang, Abigail S. Betz, Regent Joyce Wright, and Historian Lynn Watters.



Youth Awards Day 2019

AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAY AWARD 2019

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

American History Essay Contest

Fifth Grade

First Place: Eva Gebhardt 

Grove Avenue School

First Place: Tyler Chang 

Station Middle School

Seventh Grade

First Place: Jainik Shroff 

Station Middle School



DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

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Jainik Shroff, winner of American

Citizens Award and Scholarship, Deb History Essay contest for Chapter and

Lezon, Chair District IV, Holly Dietz, Chair. Jainik also won at DAR District IV level.

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship

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Savannah Born, winner DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship, Deb Lezon, Chair.

DAR Citizenship Award 2018

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With Regent Edlund, member Groth was able to give our DAR Good Citizens  Award winner, her well-deserved recognition, from our February 2018 award. 

DAR Good Citizenship Award

High School Seniors

The Signal Hill Chapter historical committee recognizes and rewards high school seniors from area schools, who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. Each award is given on a merit basis including: completion of a questionnaire, essay, scholastic record, and a letter of recommendation. United States citizenship is not required. Chapter winners will advance to the district level, District winners to state and state winners to national. National awards for the first, second, and third-place winners include scholarships to the school of their choice.

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American History Essay Award 2018

All First Place Winners

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Regent Edlund, first place winners all grades  and Historian Brinkmeyer

Youth Awards

Essay Contest Results 2017 - 2018

The annual American History Essay Contest Youth Awards and DAR Good Citizens Award ceremony was held at the Barrington Area Library, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Hosted by the Barrington area Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR, Regent Edlund welcomed the group of more than 125 students, teachers, principals, family members, and chapter members to the event.


Chapter Historian Brinkmeier, started the Youth Awards segment by announcing the four student winners for fifth through eighth grades. Each student was challenged with the task of writing an essay about: "World War I – Remembering the War to End All Wars," marking the 100th anniversary of the end of that war in November 1918. The end of the war was the beginning of a new age. Essayists were asked to imagine that they were living at that time; where they were living; how the end of the war would impact their daily life, and the pros and cons to society that the war brought about; and how those changes would impact the future of the United States in the years ahead.


Essays were judged by an independent group of three people for historical accuracy, spelling, grammar, and originality, among other things. The first-place winners at each grade level read their essay to the audience, then they were awarded a medal, certificate, and ribbon. In addition, schools with first-place winners were presented with engraved plaques.



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