On Sunday, February 25, the Susanna Randolph Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsored the annual George Washington’s Birthday Celebration in St. Patrick’s Hall of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Vandalia.
About 30 community residents attended the celebration to witness area students receive awards from DAR.
Ashlyn Maiden, a 6th grade student of Van-Far Elementary School, won first place in the American History Essay Contest, and Grace Nation, a home schooled 6th grader, won second place. The subject of the papers submitted for the competition was to be “World War I: Remembering the War to End all Wars”
The 2018 DAR Good Citizen Awards were presented to Van-Far High School senior Walker Franke, son of the Rev. Jamie and Christy Franke, of Vandalia; and Community R-VI senior Cordell Hollensteiner, son of Joanna Schwartze and Brian Hollensteiner, of Martinsburg.
Both award recipients told the group of their future plans for after they graduate high school in May.
After the award presentations, the St. Cecilia Music Club, under the direction of Ruth Calcaterra, entertained the crowd by singing three patriotic songs. The ceremony completed, everyone enjoyed cookies and punch.
Regent of the Susanna Randolph Chapter, Muriel Beshears, hosted the celebration and American History Chair and Chapter Registrar Ruth Miller presented the awards. The Hostess Committee was comprised of Kathy Mommen, Nici Elzea, Glee Brummitt Hanson, and Joy Brummitt.