Contests and Awards

California DAR awards

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JMADAR Chapter Student Award Activities

American History Essay Contest - José Maria Amador DAR Chapter supports local Tri-Valley elementary and middle school students who participate in the American History Essay Contest. Our chapter has been privileged to support district and state winners in both 2014 & 2015.

2019-2020 Title: “The Voyage of the Mayflower” Topic: 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?

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest - José Maria Amador DAR Chapter supports students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. Students are encouraged to research and write an essay on the topic provided.

2019-2020 Title: “A Sailor's Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus' First Expedition to the Americas" Topic: Christopher Columbus' first expedition set off in August of 1492. He and his men explored the Caribbean for 5 months after arriving there in October. Imagine you are a sailor who accompanied Christopher Columbus on this voyage and now have returned to Spain. Describe your impression of Christopher Columbus and perception of the purpose of the expedition. Talk about your experiences on the voyage, detailing the places and people that you encountered, and what you see as the significance of the discoveries made.

Constitution Week Contest - people of all ages are invited to use their artistic talents and create a poster that honors the spirit or meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Instructions and guidelines for the poster can be obtained by contacting Regent Debbie Janes. Entries must be received by October 25, 2019.

DAR Good Citizens, high school seniors selected by their principals and senior counselors are honored during February of each year. These recipients are young people who exhibit leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism in their daily lives.

JROTC & ROTC Awards - José Maria Amador Chapter also honors local students who are members of the ROTC program at Camp Parks in Dublin. 

For information about participation in these opportunities, contact Regent Debbie Janes.