Area students and past outrageous women heroes of the American Revolution were recognized during the George Washinton Birthday Celebration held by the Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on February 26.
The D.A.R.’s Vice-Regent Ann Carter presented this year’s D.A.R. Good Citizen awards on behalf of D.A.R. Good Citizen Chairman Joy Davis, who was unable to attend the event. This year’s Van-Far winner was Beth Owens, daughter of Brenda and Tony Owens.
Community R-VI senior Brittni Brandwein received the Good Citizen award from Community R-VI but was unable to attend the event. She is the daughter of Dennis and Sharlla Brandwein of Martinsburg.
Several American History essay winners received awards from area schools.
Abbegail Robinson took first place in the 8th grade contest with her essay on “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” She received her award and read her essay from the perspective of Andrew Jackson’s friend to those attending the event at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vandalia.
Walker Franke won first place in the 6th grade contest with his essay on a friend of Bryce Mason.
He was recognized at the event as well as Jacob Garner who took second. Kinley Elzea was unable to attend but received third place.
In the 5th place contest, Caden Wilburn’s essay on the Battle of New Orleans took first place.
Jordan Garner took second and Paige Dameron finished third.
Timothy Duncan’s essay on Francis Scott Key gave him first place at Perry Christian Academy.
On the high school level at Van-Far, Brooke Johnson took first in the “Christopher Columbus: In His Own Time, In History, and Today” essay contest.
Ethan Gooch took second and Kassi Slater finished third.
During the event, the D.A.R. shared several stories on the “Outrageous Women of the American Revolution.”
Mandi Bryant performed as “Molly Pitcher” to share Pitcher’s tale from her life during the American Revolution. Muriel Beshears performed as “Elizabeth Martin.”
Some of the other stories read were about Deborah Sampson, Benedict Arnold’s wife, Lydia Darragh, Emily Geiger, Elizabeth Zane, Patience Wright, Ann Bailey (“Mad Ann”), Esther Reed, Abigail Adams, and more.
Regent Ruth Miller was the emcee of the event. Van-Far teachers recognized for their help with the essays were Pam Oetting and Teresa Winders.
The D.A.R. also thanked Van-Far Principal Cindy Pirch.
The D.A.R. Celebration Committee includes Judy Flowers, Maxine Jackson, Barbara Jarvis, and Kathy Mommens.
The event concluded with those in attendance reading “The American’s Creed” by William Tyler Page.