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Seniors honored with awards from DAR chapters

February 28, 2005|by JANET HEIM

janeth@herald-mail.com

Described as members of the "American heritage track team" by keynote speaker the Rev. John Schildt, nine Washington County high school seniors were honored with the Good Citizens Award by two local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Schildt, a historian and published author, is pastor of Bethel United Methodist Church in Chewsville.

The students were recognized at an awards ceremony and tea at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown on Feb. 16. The event was co-sponsored by the Antietam and Conococheague chapters of the DAR.

Family members, school principals and guidance counselors attended, as did Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan, Washington County Board of Education President Paul Bailey and school board members Bernadette Wagner and Russell Williams.

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Guidance counselors or teachers selected one student who has demonstrated good citizenship from their school. Each of the eight public county high schools and St. Maria Goretti participated.

The nominees were given a sealed envelope with an essay topic about which they had to write at school within a specified time limit.

One essay was chosen by the Antietam DAR Chapter and one from the Conococheague Chapter for judging at the state level.

As the students were presented their awards, their achievements and career goals were read. All included high academic standing, participation in sports, student government, extracurricular school activities, drama and/or music.

Community service, Scouting, church involvement and part-time jobs rounded out the lists. Several are in National Honor Society and are Maryland Distinguished Scholars. Two were selected to be student pages for the Maryland General Assembly.

Select portions of each student's essay were read as they were presented with their certificates, pins and $50 savings bonds.

"What's amazing is their depth of understanding," said B. Marie Byers, who co-chaired the event with Ruann George.

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