DAR hosts Youth Night Feb. 17, distributes awards
Nay-osh-ing Chapter, Plover, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), held its annual American History essay contest, Christopher Columbus Essay and DAR Good Citizens awards night at the Charles White Library Building in Stevens Point.
Shannon Moore, DAR state historian and DAR Good Citizens chair, explained how the judges are selected and the criteria they use to judge the essays.
As March 22, 2015, marked the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, it was the topic for this year’s essay.
Passed by the British Parliament in 1765, this new tax required all colonists to pay a tax on every printed piece of paper they used. The Stamp Act was viewed by the colonists as “taxation without representation.” The students were to describe a colonial family’s discussion about the new Stamp Act and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British king and Parliament.
This year’s winners were Rachel Sosinski, seventh grade, and Ally Kleiner, eighth grade. Both students attend the Stevens Point Christian Academy.
For the Christopher Columbus Contest essay topic, students were to “discuss the similarities and differences between Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world and Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. What effect did the 400 years between their accomplishments have on what each man hoped to achieve, the challenges they faced and the skills essential to their success?”
The winner this year was Garrett Johnson, a 12th-grader from the Stevens Point Christian Academy.
The Good Citizens program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools in good standing with Wisconsin Board of Education.
The students have the option to participate in the Scholarship portion of the contest by writing an essay, at one sitting, within a two-hour limit and without assistance or reference material. The essay title this year was “Our American Heritage and our Responsibility for preserving it” and the focus question was “Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?”
Benjamin Zimmerman, of Loyal High School; Jessica Enstad, of Neillsville High School; and Paige Kaiser, of Mosinee High School, were recognized as Good Citizens.
Any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership in the DAR. Additional information about Nay-osh-ing Chapter, Plover, is available from Betty Dean Andringa, regent, at 715-345-1019 or [email protected] or Hope Niedling, registrar, at 715-341-1996.