David Hudson Chapter, DAR recognizes future leaders with awards

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The David Hudson Chapter hosted a joint meeting with the Anner Maria Hudson Society, Children of the American Revolution in February at the Hudson Library and Historical Society, for their annual awards program "Recognizing Our Future Leaders."

The contests and awards are sponsored by the chapter to fulfill the DAR's mission to promote education and included the DAR Good Citizens Awards & Scholarship, Junior Achievement Contest, American History Essay Contest and the David Hudson Scholarship. The contests are open to students in surrounding school districts including public, private, parochial schools and home schooled.

The DAR Good Citizens program encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship among high school seniors: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Each school may select one student. The students selected have the opportunity to participate in the scholarship essay contest.

This year's DAR Good Citizens were Kathryn Gray (Heritage Academy), Carolyn Turkaly (Hudson High School), Connor Greenwood (Nordonia High School), Kelly Mueller (Twinsburg High School) and Angelle Henkelmann (Western Reserve Academy). Chapter Recording Secretary, Pat Hall presented each student with a DAR Good Citizen certificate, pin, wallet card and poster. The Chapter DAR Good Citizens Scholarship winner was Carolyn Turkaly (Hudson High School). Her essay was forwarded to the Northeast District where she placed second. Carolyn will receive $250 scholarship at the Hudson High School's Awards Program in May.

Fifty-seven students, from fifth to eighth grade, had entries in the DAR American History Essay Contest. The topic was: Pretend you are a boy or a girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war is affecting your life. Chapter Chairman & Vice Regent, Kate Lamb presented first place winners Samantha Sigler (fifth Grade - Hudson), Nicholas O'Dell (sixth Grade - St. Barnabas) and Kayla Brown (eighth Grade - St. Barnabas) with Chapter certificates and bronze medals. These winning essays have been forwarded for state competition.

The Junior American Citizens (JAC) contests endeavor to promote good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history. The JAC Contests range in art, creative expression and community service. Last year one of the chapter winners was a 1st place winner at National. This year 77 sixth and seventh grade students from St. Barnabas competed in six categories and all 1st place winners were sent to compete at the district level.

The 2014 JAC Chapter winners were: Stamp Design - Michael Skelin, Luke Travaglianti, Marc Giovanetti, Matteo Giovanetti and Michael Kerosky; Short Story - Emily Devore and Michael Dick; Photo Essay - Bryce Zamecnik; Poem - Alayna Hughes, Walter Kress and Madison Bohacek; Poster - Jacob Myers, Daria Gitiforooz and Lauren Flowers; Group Banner - 1) Katherine Pastor, Mya Mammana, Elizabeth Nguyen 2) Megan Nemec, Rabecca Rached 3) Gabby Nassif, Kenna Krasovec, Kenzie Chessar and 4) Jackie Deininger, Collette Jefferson, Abby Penko. Co-Chairmen Kate Lamb and Kathy Honsberger presented each student with a certificate and medal.

The David Hudson Chapter awards one scholarship in the amount of $500 to a graduating high school senior. The award is based on academic performance, accomplishments and an essay. Chapter Regent Chris Winters was honored to award Heather Neifert from Hudson High School with the David Hudson Chapter Scholarship.

Heather is a National Merit Scholar, lead violinist in the Hudson Chamber Orchestra and was accepted to the highly selective program, New Dimensions. She achieved the highest possible score on the German AP exam and used her knowledge and zeal to develop and teach introductory classes to middle school students through Hudson's community education system.

This past summer Heather was selected to work as a research intern at the Cleveland Clinic where she had the opportunity to work alongside doctors on legitimate scientific research on prostate cancer. Heather is dedicated to her family, her academics and her music.

"Heather sets the bar high, taking courses in all disciplines that challenge and stretch her, and excels in these courses," one teacher wrote.

Heather plans to study psychiatry and hopes to attend Harvard University. This is not Heather's first award from the David Hudson Chapter. She was an American History Essay contest winner in eighth grade. Heather will receive her scholarship at the Hudson High School's Awards Program in May.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a volunteer women's service organization that actively promotes patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children. Membership in the NSDAR is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution. For more information about programs or membership, contact Chapter Regent Chris Winters at davidhudsondar@gmail.com.

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