Golden Nugget Chapter

Paradise, California

Contests and Awards

DAR awards

American History Essay Contest

The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.

This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

In February 2013, the Golden Nugget Chapter hosted an awards tea where the seven winning students were given a certificate, pin, and monetary award. The thirty attendees included district officers, chapter members, and the families of the winners. A special cake was made for the occasion.

We are very proud of our winners and congratulate them on a job well done. Chairman of the American History Contest was Linda Nassie, vice regent of the Golden Nugget Chapter, who took time to go into the classroom to instruct the children.  We always have an excellent participation because of her efforts. Thank you Linda!

For information about the contest next year, click here to contact Golden Nugget Regent Lynne Stefanetti.

DAR Good Citizens

The DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education. United States citizenship is not required. 

The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the following qualities and will be awarded the DAR Good Citizens pin:

  • Dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality);
  • Service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others);
  • Leadership (which includes personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and
  • Patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree.

The DAR Good Citizens Award for 2012 was given at the February 2013 tea, at the same time as the American History Essay Contest winners.