The Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter NSDAR held an award ceremony and cookie reception to honor the 8 students in the Class of 2013 chosen by their respective public high schools in Wayne County to receive the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award on Wednesday, November 14, 2012.
DAR members, honorees with their families and friends gathered at the Chapter House, 119 High Street, Newark, NY to hear Chairwoman Sue Dennie introduce the 8 recipients, read a brief biographical resume, witness the presentation of a Certificate, and pin to honor these students of the Class of 2013 for their Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism.
Congratulations to: Brittany DeCola (Lyons); Kelsey Evans (Red Creek); Sarah Latulipe (Sodus); Catherine Bonke (Williamson); Margaret Ann Dorfner (Wayne); Mackenzie Sturtz (Marion); Bethany Kommer (Newark); and Helen Palmer (North Rose-Wolcott).
The evening’s festivities began with DAR Chapter Regent Andrea Felker leading the DAR Ritual, reciting the American’s Creed, and singing our National Anthem with pianist Patricia Petty.
The DAR Good Citizen Program began in 1917 for young women in Wayne County and was opened to young men in 1975. After receiving the nomination from their local school district, students had the option of participating in the Good Citizen Scholarship contest by writing an essay based on an assigned topic. Students were allowed to use a computer to write their 500 word essay, as long as the computer wasn’t hooked up to the internet. Three judges, who were not affiliated with DAR, evaluated the essays. This year’s essay winners were: 3rd Place – Helen Palmer (North Rose-Wolcott); 2nd Place – Margaret Dorfner (Wayne); and 1st place – Sarah Latulipe (Sodus).
Each place winner received a monetary award. The 1st place winner will also receive an American Flag that had been flown over our capitol. In addition, Assemblyman Robert Oaks sent Certificates of Congratulations to each honoree.
Ms Latulipe’s essay will be forwarded to the Regional level of competition where her essay will compete for a $500 award and chance to advance to the State and National levels.
Following Ms Latulipe’s reading of her winning essay, there was a photo opportunity in front of the DAR’s historic painting. Then the honorees, their parents, grand-parents, aunts, uncles cousins, and school officials all enjoyed the plethora of home-made cookies that festively surrounded the beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers and miniature American Flags. The hostesses for the cookie reception were DAR members Pauline Harper and Edie Farrington.
Students enrolled in the 11 public high schools in Wayne County who are interested in this award and other DAR sponsored contests and scholarships, should contact their High School Guidance Counselor. Inquiries about the D.A.R. are always welcome. For more information, please contact Regent Mrs. Andrea Felker, 1-315-594-1390, firstname.lastname@example.org or Registrar Mrs. Joyce Johns, 1-315-594-2007, email@example.com.