Youth Awards Day 2019


American History Essay Contest

Fifth Grade

First Place: Eva Gebhardt 

Grove Avenue School

Second Place: Natalia Sulikowski 

Roslyn School

Third Place: Irene Sizopoulos 

Grove Avenue School

Sixth Grade

First Place: Tyler Chang 

Station Middle School

Second Place: Will Guo 

Station Middle School

Third Place: Oumy Janah Gueye 

Station Middle School

Seventh Grade

First Place: Jainik Shroff 

Station Middle School

Second Place: Brooke Ward 

Prairie Middle School

Third Place: Sofiabelle Amirante 

Prairie Middle School

DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship


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


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

DAR Citizenship Award 2018


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.


American History Essay Award 2018

All First Place Winners


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.


American History Essay Eligibility

Grades five through eight

Chapters are encouraged to conduct the American History Essay Contest. All students in grade five, six, seven, and eight and who are educated in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.

2018-2019: Title: "The Women's Suffrage Campaign"

Topic: The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4, 1919, and was ratified on August 18, 1920. This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution. Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women's suffrage campaigns were having impact on Americans politically and socially. Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.

Signal Hill Chapter NSDAR will host a Youth Awards Day on Saturday, February 24, 2019, to honor our top essay winners in each age group. First place winners will receive a certificate, ribbon, and a bronze medal.  Second and third place winners will receive a certificate and ribbon. Schools of first place winners will receive an engraved plaque. First place winning essays (one from each grade level) are automatically forwarded to the Illinois District IV competition.  

In total, there are five levels in this national competition, sponsored annually by NSDAR to promote interest in American history and to stimulate pride in country:  “Chapter” level (bronze medal), “Illinois District” level, “Illinois State” level (silver medal), “Division” level, and finally “National” Level.  

National winners will receive a gold pin, a national winner certificate, a monetary award, and an expense-paid trip to attend the National Society awards ceremony at the NSDAR Continental Congress, Washington, D.C., in June 2019.