The Blue Springs Chapter DAR recognized several outstanding students from Blue Springs School District at its annual Honors and Awards meeting on April 14, at the Adams Pointe Golf Club. Students were awarded a certificate and monetary gift from the chapter.

The DAR Good Citizens Essay and Scholarship Contest is intended to reward the qualities of good citizenship, and is based on the following:

• Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.).

• Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.).

• Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.).

• Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals).

Students participating in the essay and scholarship contest are selected from each senior high school in the Blue Springs School District. The DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest consists of two weighted parts:

• Part I (personal) 70% consists of the student describing how he/she has tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen, and must be accompanied by a copy of the a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation from a close adult associate (other than family).

• Part II (essay) is administered under the supervision of a faculty or DAR member within a two-hour time period and without reference materials. The title of the essay is unknown to the student until that time. Essays are judged by independent, non-DAR judges.

The American History Essay Contest is offered to students in grades 5-8 in all Blue Springs public, and parochial schools, as well as home-schooled students Participants are given a specific topic and theme from American History. One essay at each grade level is selected as the chapter winner.

All chapter winning essays are advanced to compete at state and national levels.

American History Essay Winner – Brittany Hills Middle School, 6th grade, Riley Swaffar; 8th grade, Landon Hudson.

Good Citizen Award – Blue Springs South, First, Haider Cheema; Blue Springs North, Second, Nafkot Seife; Plaza Heights Christian Academy, Third, Erika Howery.