Three students from the HYPE Program- Helping Youth Prepare for Excellence at First United Methodist Church were recognized at The Gathering on Wednesday March 16, 2016 for their accomplishments in the Junior American Citizen competitions sponsored by John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

As participants in the stamp design contest Alexandra Boyd won 1st Place State and 1st Place National, Madison Sloan won 1st Place State and 1st Place National and Roland Etienne won 1st Place State and 3rd Place National in their age categories. The students were presented certificates, medals, cash awards, Junior American Citizen pins and American Flags. The Director of the HYPE program Cindy Downs accepted on behalf of the entire program a certificate and cash award. All three students attend Bernard Terrace Elementary.

Last fall the children were told about the contest and the theme. To illustrate the theme of the contest, “Celebrate America”, Margaret Tyler, Regent of John James Audubon Chapter DAR, displayed a patriotic board and asked the children to think of what they would do to Celebrate America. Each child drew a picture interpreting the theme. The entries were submitted to the State Chairman of the Junior American Citizen committee. From there these three entries went on to be judged in a regional competition and finally in the National competition.

The John James Audubon chapter recognized all the children who participated with a certificate, JAC pin, and a small American Flag.

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

The Junior American Citizens Committee (JAC) is the National Society’s second oldest youth-oriented committee, preceded only by the Children of the American Revolution. The purpose of the Junior American Citizens Committee is to teach America’s school children, through JAC clubs and contests, the principles of our democratic government and an appreciation for our great country. Through these opportunities and recognition of the student’s work, we hope to encourage today’s Junior American Citizens — the future leaders of our country. Categories include poster design, stamp design, banner, photographic essay, community service, poem and short story.

HYPE, DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution, National Awards, Baton Rouge

Back row- Margaret Tyler, Cindy Downs, Rev. Becky Poor, John Smith; Front row- Alexandra Boyd, Madison Sloan and Roland Etienne

DAR logo, Daughters of the American Revolution