Friday, March 21, 2014

Local students honored by Daughters of the American Revolution

Melbourne Beach--Florida

If you were a child living during the American Revolution, how would the war have affected your life?
Each year, in the hope of preserving freedom by stimulating a deeper understanding of American history, members of DAR all over the United States, conducts annual essay contests for area students with winners advancing to State and National competition.

The Commodore John Barry chapter designated schools are those located south of SR192 in Melbourne. This year 4 junior level schools took part in the contest. The American History contest is open to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who had to use historical facts to support their answer.

1st place winners are Shane Meyer, Port Malabar Elementary, Naomi Martin, Jupiter Elementary, and Katelyn Connors, Stone Middle School.  Congratulations to these outstanding students.

The DAR also recognizes students that are finishing their senior year in high school with the DAR Good Citizens contest. The competition was organized by 4 local high schools, Heritage High, Bayside Lakes, Palm Bay High, and Melbourne Catholic. As part of the competition, students were asked to write a timed essay on American heritage and now one’s personal heritage affects ones duties to the nation. Whitney Sylliac from Bayside Lakes was the overall winner and will head for the state level.  This award consists of a donation to the winner to conclude their education.

The DAR, along with the National Italian American foundations, offers a varied essay contest for students in grades 9 thru 12. The topic this year was "How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?"  This contest was open to Commodore John Barry chapter appointed schools. The winner of this competition is Stefan Lee from Melbourne Catholic. His award winning essay will be entered into the state level.  Along with the prestige of presenting the winning essay a monetary donation is given to aid the student in their future educational pursuits.

The DAR and your local Commodore John Barry Chapter are pleased to honor these exceptional students.  Please contact Regent Plaag for more information on the DAR and these educational contests at

For More Info : Contact  Debbie Plaag, Regent 2013-2015 Commodore John Barry Chapter

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