DAR announces essay winners

Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 10:19 pm

The Samuel Doak Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized five Lakeway Area students during the Nov. 15 meeting held at the Women’s Club House in Morristown.

 The high school seniors were awarded the DAR Good Citizens award, presented to those who exemplify the qualities of good character emphasized by the organization: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

 The students, each of whom submitted an essay, were presented with a certificate, a pin and a check for $50.

 They include:

 • Kasey Ankrom of Mooresburg. She is the daughter of Mickey and Elizabeth Ankrom. She is a senior at Grainger County High School.

 • Myranda Bleu DeMailly of Morristown. Her guardian is Cheryl Woods. She is a senior at Morristown Hamblen High School East.

 • Matthew Robert Rogers of Talbott. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Rogers. He is a senior at Jefferson County High School.

 • Garrett Dillon Salansky of Morristown. He is the son of Gary and Debra Salansky. He is a senior at Morristown Hamblen High School West.

 • Casey Nicole Dalton of Washburn. She is the daughter of Eddie and Missy Dalton. She is a senior at Washburn High School.

 Each student was given a sealed envelope with the essay title and focus question. They were given two hours to complete the essay.

 The 2012 essay title was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The focus question was, “How are our freedoms and responsibilities as good citizens changing?”

 The three essay judges were selected from the community, none of whom were DAR members. They included a retired English professor, a retired Bell South executive and a certified public accountant.

 Matthew Robert Rogers was named the winner of the 2012 contest. His essay will be submitted for the next level of judging.

 The DAR Good Citizens Committee was created in the 1930s as the DAR good Citizenship Pilgrimage.

 The name was changed in 1952 to the DAR Good Citizens Committee and monetary awards were presented to the winners.

 If the student chooses to submit an essay for the scholarship and is named the winner for the chapter, they progress on to the district; the winner of district goes on to state, then the national competition.

 The state winner receives $250; the national division winner receives $500 and the national winner receives $5,000.

 In 2011, more than 16,000 students were recognized nationally as DAR Good Citizens and more than 5,000 students participated in the essay scholarship contest.

 Approximately $324,000 in monetary awards were distributed to DAR Good Citizens at the chapter, state and national level.

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