XENIA — Winners of the American History Essay Contest and “DAR Good Citizens Award” were recently honored by the Catharine Greene Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. These American History Month awards took place at Faith Community United Methodist Church in Xenia.
Betsy Crandall introduced the winners of the American History Essay Contest, presenting each with a medal and a framed certificate. The topic of the 2013-2014 contest was “The Lives of Children During the Revolutionary War.” Very interesting papers were composed by Bellcreek Intermediate fifth-grade students of Scott Anderson. Megan Prion was the first-place winner while Julia Powell was second. Third-place winners were Kevin Agnew, Dax Robins and Michael Steffe.
Teresa Bauman’s sixth grade at Xenia Christian Intermediate School also were recognized for their creative essays. Halacie Oliver was the winner while Caleb Brooks was second. Third-place awards went to Kyle Mitchell and Owen Mowery. Recognizing the leadership of Anderson and Bauman, Crandall presented gifts for their classrooms.
When previously visiting the two participating schools, Crandall awarded participation certificates and announced honorable mentions to Bellcreek Intermediate students: Omar Alkhawaga, Owen Blackburn, Lauren Combs, Fern Davis, Takumi Ford, Gabe Hine, Kyle Hobbs, Jacob Holden, Adam Jenkins, Brian Kahler, Megan Kwick, Kelly McNamara, Hayden Offenburger, Cameron Owens, Alex Petry, Claire Raison, Tomas Ruiz, Nolan Samborsky, Logan Schrader, Adam Slater, Cameron Sprague, Alissa Warren, Caroline Wentworth, Alex Westbrock, Libby Wilson and Audrey Woods. Xenia Christian honorable mentions included Ian Ackenhausen, Megan Ackenhausen, Phillip Brooks, Haley Luckenbill, Anna Etner, Caleb Neikirk, Benjamin Sweeney and Jessica Terrell.
Janine Montgomery conducted the “DAR Good Citizen Contest” for high school seniors who have capably demonstrated leadership, service, dependability and patriotism at school, home and community. Each of the winning seniors received a pin and framed certificate after reading his/her essay. Montgomery also gave a brief summary of the winners’ characteristics with excerpts from each recipient’s letters of recommendation and short essays about the four qualities of a “DAR Good Citizen.” Recognized from Bellbrook High School was Megan Hammond; Carroll High School’s winner was Anna Schlegel and Benjamin Howard was honored from Greeneview High School. Connor Eviston from Beavercreek High School received the chapter’s recognition at a later date.
The American History Essay contest is open to students in fifth through eighth grads in Greene County. “DAR Good Citizens” are selected from Greene County’s high schools.
The chapter will celebrate the 120th year of its founding on November 15 at Faith Community United Methodist Church. Since its beginning, DAR members work hard to support history education, historic preservation and patriotism through various projects, contests and events. Membership is open to women who can trace ancestry from a participant in the American Revolutionary War, regardless of race or creed. For further information, please contact Septant at 937-760-7136 or learn more about the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at dar.org.