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Essay played role in DAR competition

March 06, 2001

Essay played role in DAR competition



By ELIZABETH SUH

Founded in 1890, the objective of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is to continue the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence through historic preservation, promotion of education and patriotic endeavor. Their motto is God, Home and Country. For more information on DAR, go to www.dar.org. on the Web.




The Conococheague Chapter of National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has named four Washington County seniors DAR Good Citizens.

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Bethany Diane Sterner of Hancock High School; Amanda Marie Hammann of Willamsport High School; Ashley Anne Hutson of Clear Spring High School; and Rebecca Ann Sodergren of South Hagerstown High School were this year's recipients of the award.

Each senior was nominated and selected by her high school for possessing the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. They each submitted an application including an essay titled "Remembering and Preserving Our American Heritage" to the state-level competition.

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Each one received a pin, certificate, wallet card and $50 gift certificate to Borders Books, Music Caf.

Traditionally, the Conococheague Chapter has held a tea honoring its Good Citizens, but the group felt times have changed, and this year the awards were sent directly to the schools to be presented to the students.

Conococheague Chapter Regent Jeannette Rutledge hopes the recipients will take away a renewed sense of appreciation for our country's heritage and government.

Chapter Secretary Nancy Marschner agrees, saying she believes the award process, especially the essay writing, helps students synthesize their thoughts and feelings toward America's good, albeit young, democracy and better understand their place in American society.

This year's winner of the State Good Citizen Award, Jennifer Aiken of North Hagerstown High School, was sponsored by the Antietam Chapter and has advanced to consideration on the national level.

Elizabeth Suh is a senior at North Hagerstown High School.

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