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DAR recognizes nine Washington County students

March 16, 2009

Nine Washington County high school seniors were honored at the annual Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award Meeting and Tea March 4 at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts.

The event is sponsored by the Antietam and Conococheague Chapters of the National Society of the DAR. The goal of the contest is to recognize and reward students who possess the qualities of good citizenship, including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Students were asked to write a themed essay, as well as provide several letters of reference and high school academic records. Staff at each county public high school and St. Maria Goretti selected one student whose application best fit the criteria to receive the award.

As portions of each student's essay were read, along with personal information on their activities, community service and plans for the future, it was clear that the next generation has much to offer. With involvement in student government, music, academic and athletic programs in high school, they all found time for community service, as well.

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Each student was presented with a pin, certificate and $75 U.S. savings bond. Following the award meeting, a tea was served to guests, including honored students, parents, school principals, guidance counselors, teachers, school board members, a representative of Washington County Public Schools and DAR members.

The nine Washington County students selected as DAR Good Citizens are:

  • Camille Heim, Boonsboro High School

  • Zachary Repp, Clear Spring High School

  • Jill Helmstetter, Hancock Middle/Senior High School

  • Allyssa Collier, North Hagerstown High School

  • Mary Elizabeth Saum, St. Maria Goretti High School

  • Mohammed Zia, Smithsburg High School

  • Cory Shank, South Hagerstown High School

  • Benjamin Lee Baker, Washington County Technical High School

  • Kelsi Jo Phillips, Williamsport High School

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