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SUBMITTED by Kate Chamberlin, Daughters of the American Revolution (23-Nov-2009)

WAYNE COUNTY - The Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual DAR Good Citizen Recognition Program on 18 November 2009, honoring 10 Wayne County High School Seniors who received the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award.

The DAR Good Citizens for the Class of 2010 are William Barbosa, Gananda Central; Vaughn Faison, Lyons Central High School; Michael Boerman, Marion Central High School; Lynne Harris, Newark Central High School; Emma Hayes, N. Rose-Wolcott High School; Olivia Gerken, Palmyra-Macedon High School; Clarissa Smalling, Red Creek High School; Troy Anderson, Sodus Central High School; Samantha MacIntosh; Sarah Emily Lang, Wayne Central High School; and Williamson Central High School.

Photo by Jane De Cracker

Front Row (from left to right): Samantha Jo McIntosh, Williamson; Lynne Harris, Newark; Sarah Emily Lang, Wayne; Clarissa J. Smalling, Red Creek; Back Row (from left to right): Troy Anderson, Sodus; Michael J. Boerman, Marion; Vaughn Faison, Lyons; Emma R. Hayes, North Rose-Wolcott; Olivia Gerken, Palmyra-Macedon. Not in photo is William Barbosa – Gananda.

Joining in recognizing the Class of 2010 recipients for their Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism were DAR Regent Patricia Petty and more than 50 guests, including school officials and DAR members. Each honoree received certificates from the offices of Bob Oaks and Sen. Nozolio, an official NSDAR Good Citizen Certificate and pin.

The Good Citizen Program began in 1917 for young women in Wayne County and was opened to male applicants until 1975. After receiving the nomination from their local school district, students had the option of participating in the Good Citizen Scholarship contest by writing an essay based on an assigned topic.

The essay was submitted to the chairperson Sue Dennie along with two letters of recommendation, an official transcript, and a personal statement that outlined the student’s school and community involvement, work experience, and college and career goals. A panel of men and women not affiliated with DAR judged the applications that met the required criteria.

The Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter of the NSDAR presents three awards to the first, second and third place winners in the amount of $100, $50 and $25 respectively. This year’s winners of the scholarship contest were Olivia Gerken - Pal-Mac; Sarah Lang – Wayne Central; and Lynne Harris - Newark.

The first place winner, Olivia Gerken, was also presented with an American Flag which was ceremoniously flown over our Capitol. Ms Gerken’s application will be forwarded to the Regional level of competition where she will compete for a $500 award and chance to advance to the State and National levels.

Students should contact their guidance counselors to apply for other DAR awards and scholarships.

For inquiries about the DAR, its programs, and membership, please contact Regent Mrs. Patricia Petty, (315) 589-3661; e-mail: pethive@verizon.net or Registrar Mrs. Anne Hotchkiss at (315
) 589-8011; e-mail: 2ASH@verizon.com. The DAR Chapter House is located at 119 High Street, Newark.


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