Contests


The American History and Christopher Columbus contestants are honored at the February meeting and the Good Citizens are honored at our January meeting.

American History Essay Contest

The American History Essay Contest is open to any students in Howard County who are public, private, or home-schooled students. The contest encourages students to combine research in American history and good writing skills to produce well-crafted essays of 300-1000 words. Fifth grade essays will be 300-600 words while grades sixth through eighth are limited to 600-1000. A winning essay, based on historical content and writing skill, from each grade level will advance from the local chapter to the state for consideration at that level. First through fourth place state winners of each grade will be honored at the Indiana DAR State Conference Awards Luncheon and the first place winners will advance to East Central Division for judging. Division winners will advance to the national contest. National winners will be honored at Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

American History Essay

Grades 5, 6, 7 and 8

A Child's Journey through Ellis Island

Topic: The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States. Imagine yourself as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892. How would you describe your experience to your cousin who has never heard of Ellis Island?


The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest affords high school students the opportunity to delve into the contributions of Christopher Columbus through study and research and to produce an essay. The essay should have a word count between 800 and 1,200 to qualify. The chapter winner will advance to state. The state winner will be honored at the Indiana DAR State Conference Awards Luncheon and the essay will be forwarded to the East Central Divisional contest and National if appropriate. National winners are honored at Continental Congress in Washington D.C.

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World

Topic: Imagine you have been chosen to join Christopher Columbusí crew as he sets out for the New World. What are your thoughts and feelings as you prepare for this potentially hazardous mission? What skills do you possess that are essential to your success and survival? Why do you want to go on this voyage and what do you hope to gain from this experience?


DAR Good Citizen Award

Each of the 5 area high schools selects their candidate for DAR Good Citizen based on the student's character, scholarship, citizenship, and service. These students then write an impromptu essay on a topic provided by the DAR in the presence of a school official. The student packets, containing transcripts, letters of recommendation, the student essay, and student activities, are evaluated by non-DAR judges. The winning student becomes the Howard County DAR Good Citizen and is entered into state competition. The Good Citizen receives monetary recognition from the chapter, and the state winner receives a scholarship.

General James Cox History Award

In 2009 General James Cox Chapter of the DAR was able to present history awards to a student in each of the Howard County schools. We are offering the award in 2015. Each high school history department is asked to choose their most outstanding history student who has not only been a good history student, but has also been involved in activities that further the love of history. Each candidate will submit a packet containing an official transcript, essay answers to select questions, and endorsement of his school. From the five candidates from the area schools, the chapter will select one student to receive a scholarship and become the Howard County DAR History Award winner.