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Sunday May 24th, 2015 9:31PM

DAR recognizes community members, students at annual awards tea

By Alyson Shields Reporter
GAINESVILLE - The Colonel William Candler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored students and community members at their annual awards tea last week.

Margaret Rasmussen, Executive Director of the Redbud Project, was awarded the Conservation Project for her group's work preserving 30 acres known as the Linwood Nature Preserve. As we previously reported, the Redbud Project also donated the new white oak to Fair Street Elementary School (linked below.)

The Community Service Award was awarded to Lorry Schrage and Christine Lanzing.

DAR Regent Helen Powell was recognized for her collaborative work with the DAR and SAR with the Martha Washington award by Ed Rigel of the Lyman Hall Sons of the American Revolution Chapter.

Several students were recognized for exemplary essays and good citizenship. Macie Taylor was awarded a certificate and medal for her winning American History Essay.

Enota Elementary fifth graders Kassie Coley, Vanessa Alvarado, Jenna Pannek and Ayeley Afantchao were recognized as Junior American Citizens and Good Citizenship. Afantchao won the Good Citizenship Medal. "The children studied the flag code and flag and memorized the Pledge of Allegiance," said Helen Martin, chairman of the Junior American Citizens program. "They designed posters, created stamp art and dressed up in period costumes." Martin said the program, which started in 1901, teaches children about citizenship, principles of our government and respect for our country.

The DAR Youth Citizenship Medals were awarded to middle school students Nicholas Harkins, Elizabeth Fawcett, Sydney Yancey, Skylar Wilbanks, Valerie Bauknight , Laren Kress, Mallory Sexton, Alison Auffarth, Sidney Haddan, Megan Durkas, Soledad Santana and Sloane Sengson. Award recipients are eighth graders, chosen by their schools, who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism, and only one student is awarded per school. "It is important to encourage our young people to be good citizens and to recognize and reward those who are practicing good citizenship, said Chairman Ann Kennedy. "These really are the leaders of our tomorrow."

East Hall High School senior Lilly Echols wrote the winning Good Citizen Essay, which she read aloud at the tea. A previous story about the Good Citizen essay competition is linked below.
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