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SUBMITTED by Kate Chamberlin (18-Nov-2011)

Wayne County DAR Good Citizens Honored

The Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter NSDAR held an award ceremony and cookie reception to honor the 11 students in the Class of 2012 chosen by their respective public high schools in Wayne County to receive the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award on Wednesday, November 16, 2011.

Pictured back row: George Dobbins (Lyons), George Bastedo (Clyde-Savannah), Dillon May (Marion), Hunter Beck (Wayne), Nolan Anthony (North Rose-Wolcott), Assemblyman Robert Oaks; (front) Olivia Howard (Newark), Alyssa Wedge (Red Creek), Tricia Phillips (Williamson), Jessica Suchan (Gananda), Marie Black (Palmyra-Macedon). Missing from photo is Brittany Hill (Sodus).
More than 50 people gathered at the Chapter House, 119 High Street, Newark, NY to hear Chairwoman Sue Dennie introduce the 11 recipients, read a brief biographical resume, and witness the presentation of a Certificate, pin, and booklet on the Constitution of the United States of America.

Congratulations to: George Bastedo, Clyde-Savannah High School; Jessica Suchan, Gananda High School; George Dobbins, Lyons High School; Dillon May, Marion High School; Olivia Howard, Newark High School; Nolan Anthony , North Rose-Wolcott; Marie Black, Palmyra-Macedon High School; Alyssa Wedge, Red Creek High School; Brittany Hill, Sodus Central High School; Hunter Beck, Wayne Central High School; and Tricia Marie Phillips , Williamson High School.

The evening’s festivities began with Chapter Regent Andrea Felker leading the DAR Ritual, reciting the American’s Creed, and singing our National Anthem with pianist Jane De Cracker. Joining in recognizing the Class of 2012 recipients for their Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism were Assemblyman Robert Oakes, and DAR District VII Director Heidi Colf.

The Good Citizen Program began in 1917 for young women in Wayne County and was opened to male applicants in 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. Three judges, who were not affiliated with DAR, evaluated the essays. This year’s 3rd place winner was Alyssa G. Wedge from Red Creek High School. The 2nd place winner was Tricia Marie Phillips from Williamson High School. The 1st place winner was Hunter Beck from Wayne Central High School. Each place winner received a monetary award. The 1st place winner was also presented with an American Flag that had been flown over our capitol. Mr. Beck’s essay will be forwarded to the Regional level of competition where he will compete for a $500 award and chance to advance to the State and National levels.

Following Mr. Beck’s reading of his powerful and well-thought out essay, everyone had a photo opportunity in front of the DAR’s historic painting. Then the honorees, their parents, grand-parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, all enjoyed the plethora of home-made cookies that festively surrounded the beautiful bouquet of mixed flowers and miniature American Flags. The hostesses for this meeting were Jane Culver, Helen Fox, and Pat Dlugosh.

Inquiries about the D.A.R. are always welcome. For more information, please contact Regent Mrs. Andrea Felker, 1-315-594-1390, hafelker@gmail.com or Registrar Mrs. Joyce Johns, 1-315-594-2007, jjohns268@rochester.rr.com.

Students interested in this award and other DAR sponsored contests and scholarships, should contact their High School Guidance Counselor.

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