Aurora Chapter NSDAR honors local students
Each year, the Aurora Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution selects chapter winners to receive the DAR Good Citizens Awards and the American History Essay Contest. This year's recipients were honored at the annual Youth Awards Program on Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Montgomery Branch of the Oswego Public Library.
The ceremony included the presentation of certificates of achievement and commemorative pins. A celebratory reception and photo opportunities followed.
Each recipient of the DAR Good Citizens Award was selected by the faculty at his or her school. To receive the award, high school seniors must possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. The award is presented through the NSDAR Good Citizens Committee.
This year's seven admirable honorees include:
• East Aurora High School: Abigail Ramirez;
• Hinckley-Big Rock High School: Myah Alyssa Vlahogenis;
• Marmion Academy: Nicholas Patrick Ward;
• Mooseheart High School: Tatiana Rodriquez;
• Plano High School: Abigail Way, Aurora Chapter Winner;
• Rosary High School: Maura VanBogaert;
• Sandwich High School: Delaney Chance Talty.
The American History Essay Contest was created to encourage students in fifth to eighth grade to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light. This year's essay topic was "World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars." This award is presented through the NSDAR American History Committee, which honors significant historical peoples, places, dates and events. Essays are judged upon historical accuracy, adherence to the subject, originality, interest, organization and writing.
This year's 10 winners are:
• At Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School in Aurora: fifth-graders Josh Macasaet, first place; Michael Alcalde, second place; and Nicholas De Leon, third place; sixth-graders Arianna Fragoso, first place; Michael A. Leazzo, second place; and Paloma Lopez, third place; and eighth-graders Marc Apigo, first place; Andrei Aquino, second place; and Jesus Covarrubias, third place.
• At Simmons Middle School in Aurora: seventh-grader Crystal Fabela, first place.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.