Local DAR chapter hands out youth awards
February 18, 2014 2:20PM
Elise Bowler (from left), of Andrew High School; Sergio Dominguez, of St. Laurence High School; and Michele Awad, of Lemont High School, recently received Good Citizen Award certificates. | Supplied photo
Updated: March 9, 2014 3:27AM
The Swallow Cliff Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its youth award program to honor DAR American history essay winners and the Good Citizen Award winners.
American history committee chairwoman Maxine Piha presented medals, monetary awards and certificates to two students from Century Junior High School in Orland Park: sixth-grader Elise Blinn and seventh-grader Victoria Marshall. Elise also has been named the DAR District IV winner for her essay and is to appear at the March 7 DAR District IV meeting to read her essay.
This year, students were asked to pretend that they lived during the Revolutionary War and, using historical facts, discuss how the war was affecting their lives.
Five local high schools nominated candidates for the DAR Good Citizen Award. To be eligible for the award, students had to demonstrate dependability, service to their schools and communities, leadership and patriotism. Once selected, nominees had to submit letters of recommendation, transcripts of their grades and two essays — one personal and one timed about a given topic.
Good Citizen Award chairman Miriam Giebel presented pins, monetary awards and certificates to this year’s winners: Michele Awad, from Lemont High School; Elise Bowler, from Andrew High School; Ciara Collins, from Hillcrest High School; Sergio Dominguez, from St. Laurence High School; and Nicole Travis, from Oak Forest High School. Michele also has been named the DAR District IV winner and also has been invited to attend the Illinois DAR State Conference in April.