Essay Contest

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Rise and Shine for America

Are you in 5th through 8th grade?

You’re invited to participate in an

Essay Contest

Topic for 2019-2020

Topic for 2019-2020

2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are 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 starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?

Title of Essay

“The Voyage of the Mayflower”

Open to Grades 5-8

Length 300-1,000 words (depending on grade level)

Deadline for Submitting Essays:

Sunday, December 1, 2019

For Information, Contact:

Signal Hill, Barrington

Contact: Lynn Watters

Phone: (630) 935-7131

Email: SignalHillHistorian@outlook.com

Essay Contest

Topic for 2019-2020

2020 marks the 400th Anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. Imagine you are 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 starting a new life in the wilderness? After experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on November 9, 1620, do you think you would have made different choices and why?

Title of Essay

“The Voyage of the Mayflower”

Open to Grades 5-8

Length 300-1,000 words (depending on grade level)

Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019

Contact: DAR Chapter: Signal Hill, Barrington

Lynn Watters

Phone: (630) 935-9171

Email: SignalHillHistorian@outlook.com

Youth Awards Day 2019

AMERICAN HISTORY ESSAY AWARD 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

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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

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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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