Roseville awards - Gold Trail Chapter

Gold Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Roseville,CA- The Gold Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) awarded the winners of its DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest at a special awards ceremony on February 1, 2020 at the Woodcreek Golf Club in Roseville. The event was attended by chapter members, family and friends with a reception following. The Whitney High School Air Force JROTC provided the color guard.

The DAR Good Citizens Award program recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the quality of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. These high school senior students are selected by their schools because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.

Gold Trail Chapter contacts thirteen high schools and this year eleven high schools participated naming a DAR Good Citizen. This year’s winners are:

Gold Trail Chapter Winner: Brooke Van Buskirk, Vista del Lago High School

Other DAR Good Citizens:

Megan Babcock, Antelope High School
Kelsey Grafton, Bella Vista High School
Alexander Moloo, Del Oro High School
David Baker, John Adams Academy
Laisha Martinez, Lincoln High School
Preet Gill, Oakmont High School
Cammille Medrano, Roseville High School
Samantha Schwarz, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy
Autumn King, Whitney High School
Kira Devine, Woodcreek High School

The students are judged by independent judges using the criteria of school awards and activities, community service, grade transcripts, recommendation letters and the completion of an essay on a given topic. The students are given two hours to complete the essay after they have been given the topic. This year the essay question was, “You and your peers are our nation’s leader of tomorrow. How would you energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens?” One student is selected as the chapter winner but all the students are their school’s DAR Good Citizen. Each student receives the DAR Good Citizens pin, certificate, gift bag and scholarship.

DAR Good Citizens chairperson Susan Holder states, “We are always encouraged to see the caliber of students being recognized in their schools and communities. Our future is bright with these dedicated students pursuing excellence in their commitment to education, service and leadership. DAR started this program in 1934 and since education is one of the key objectives of our organization, we are proud to sponsor this competition.”

Brooke Van Buskirk’s resume and essay were submitted to the district competition. The winner of that is sent forward to state and that winner goes to the national competition level for recognition in Washington DC at its annual DAR Continental Congress.