Each year National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters collaborate with their local schools to promote citizenship, patriotism, service, and knowledge of American history. This year Chattanooga’s Chickamauga Chapter NSDAR worked with 27 local schools to present 24 awards in four categories.
The DAR Good Citizens Program recognizes outstanding young people who exhibit qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. Awards are given to high school seniors exhibiting the qualities of dependability, truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, service, cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, leadership, self-control, initiative, patriotism, and unselfish loyalty to American ideals.
Chickamauga Chapter presented a Good Citizen Pin, Certificate, and a $100 award check to the following five local seniors:
Ibilola Esho from The Baylor School, who will attend Harvard University.
Leulseged Barnes, Chattanooga Christian School, to attend Dalton State College
Raven Griffin, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, to attend Tennessee State University
Emmy Richey, Girls Preparatory School, to attend Washington and Lee University
Oliver Castillo Perez, The Howard School, who plans to join the Air Force
The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal was established to foster a greater appreciation of the qualities of citizenship for students in grades 5-11 who exemplifies qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. Chickamauga Chapter presented certificates and medals to 15 local elementary students in either grade 5 or grade 8 in recognition of their achievements in this area.
DAR Bronze JROTC Medal is awarded to a junior or senior student in a secondary JROTC program to recognize student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school with JROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine Corps. Recipients have demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and earned military and scholastic achievements. They must be in the upper 25 percent of their JROTC classes and academic subjects. Winners must display dependability, good character, military discipline, leadership, and a fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of JROTC training.
This year Chickamauga Chapter presented two Bronze JROTC Medals to:
Debora Perez, The Howard School
Hannah Shay Minor, Soddy Daisy High School
The DAR American History Essay Contest promotes knowledge of specific American history topics through essay writing each year. All grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 students in public, private or parochial schools and those who are home schooled are eligible. This year’s theme asked students to “imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during World War I. You and your family attended the Nov. 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation?”
Chickamauga Chapter awarded certificates and $25 checks to one 5th and one 8th grade student this year:
Braydin Truckenmiller, fifth grade, Allen Elementary
Catarina Andres, eighth grade, Chattanooga Charter School of Excellence
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. For more than 130 years, the DAR has strived to bring awareness to the honorable sacrifices and enduring legacy of all patriots who fought for America’s freedom.