The Col. Wm. Prescott Chapter NSDAR held an award ceremony and cookie reception to honor the 10 students in the Class of 2014 chosen by their respective public high schools in Wayne County to receive the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
The honorees are: Collin Carr (Clyde-Savannah), Nicolas Skrotzki (Gananda), Mackenzy Congdon (Lyons), Jessa Matteson (Marion), Daniel Staples (Newark), Laura McDorman (North Rose-Wolcott), Nelson Hand (Red Creek), Patrick Osborne Byrne (Sodus), Michael Glanzel (Wayne) and Paula Aguilera (Wiliamson).
DAR members, honorees with their families and friends gathered at the Chapter House, 119 High Street, Newark, NY to hear Chairwoman Sue Dennie introduce the 10 recipients, read a brief biographical resume, witness the presentation of a Certificate, and pin to honor these students of the Class of 2014 for their Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism.
The eveningís festivities began with DAR Chapter Regent Andrea Felker leading the DAR Ritual, reciting the Americanís Creed, and singing our National Anthem with a pianist.
Assemblyman Robert Oaks extended Congratulations to each honoree and their parents. He exhorted the students to travel the world, then, come home to give back and make Wayne County an even better place to live and flourish.
The DAR Good Citizen Program began in 1917 for young women in Wayne County and was opened to young men 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. Students were allowed to use a computer to write their 500 word essay, as long as the computer wasnít hooked up to the internet. Three judges, who were not affiliated with DAR, evaluated the essays. This yearís essay winners were: third place - Patrick Osborne Byrne(Sodus); second place - Nelson Hand (Red Creek); and first place - Mackenzy Congdon (Lyons).
Each place winner received a monetary award. The first place winner also received an American Flag that had been flown over our capitol.
Congdonís essay will be forwarded to the Regional level of competition where her essay will compete for a $500 award and chance to advance to the State and National levels.
Following Congdonís reading of her winning essay, there was a photo opportunity in front of the DARís historic painting. Then the honorees, their parents, grand-parents, aunts, uncles cousins, and school officials all enjoyed the plethora of home-made cookies that festively surrounded the beautiful heritage punch bowl. The hostesses for the cookie reception were DAR members Pauline Harper and Edie Farrington with cookies donated by other DAR members.
Students enrolled in the 11 public high schools in Wayne County who are interested in this award and other DAR sponsored contests and scholarships, should contact their High School Guidance Counselor. Inquiries about the D.A.R. are always welcome. For more information, contact Regent Andrea Felker, 594-1390, or Registrar Joyce Johns, 594-2007,