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DAR honors seniors from county schools

February 15, 2002

DAR honors seniors from county schools



By MARLO BARNHART
marlob@herald-mail.com


The nine DAR Good Citizens of Washington County for 2002 expressed their love of country in their essays.

The outstanding seniors were honored at a ceremony sponsored by the Antietam and Conococheague chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Tuesday at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

"Public education is at the heart of democracy," said Washington County Interim Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan. "Those without education are easily led and easily led astray."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Chase Neil Deener said he hoped his essay exploring the birth of this nation highlighted the pride and patriotism shared by Americans. "I tried to explain why it is so important to keep our heritage," Deener, 17, said. Deener said he plans to attend Shepherd College and major in business administration. But first, he will attend Hagerstown Community College. Deener is the son of Robert and Dawn Deener of Boonsboro.

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HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Christopher Charles Hoffman, 17, is the son of Sandy and Kenneth Hoffman, Clear Spring. His plans include becoming a certified public accountant after studying at Eastern College near Philadelphia. His essay touched on the events of Sept. 11, and how many people were caught off guard. He said Americans need to listen to the words of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance to recapture feelings of patriotism.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Second in her North High class, Stephanie D. Kurtz, 17, sees a future in the medical profession and plans to volunteer at the Hagerstown Free Clinic for the experience. The daughter of Craig and Michele Kurtz wrote of her pride in being an American and her feelings of connection with patriots of the past.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Cassie Nichole Parker, 18, tried not to focus in on the events of Sept. 11 in her essay. "I've always felt that patriotism was important," she said. The daughter of Teresa and Darrel Parker of Hancock, she is enrolled in culinary arts at Washington County Technical High School, Parker wants to go into business management.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Sarah Won Hee Post, 17, is the daughter of David and Karen Post of Smithsburg. As an American citizen who began her life in another country, Post described her new country as her true home and land of opportunity in her essay.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Michele Lynn Winslow, 17, of St. Maria Goretti said her goal is to "live as a woman of God." The daughter of Bernadette and Michael Winslow, she wrote in her essay that travel to other countries has helped her appreciate her American heritage.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Alicia Jean Barnard, 18, is ranked first in her class while maintaining an active extracurricular life. The daughter of Christopher and Rita Barnard of Hancock stressed in her essay that all races must work together to keep America great.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jonas Daniel Dawson, 17, is the son of Cynthia and Daniel Dawson of Williamsport. His essay stressed each citizen's responsibility to preserve our country's heritage.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Elizabeth Anita Thammasuvimol, 17, of South High is the daughter of Prayoor and Ussa Thammasuvimol. Second in her class, she plans to pursue a medical career. Her essay quotes John F. Kennedy as he asks what each of us can do for our country and she explores that challenge.

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