DAR honors local students in ceremony

The Daughters of the American Revolution recognized local students for their “impressive records of scholarship, community service and exemplary character” at a special event Thursday, April 14.
“Choosing a first place recipient from this years’ entries was a very difficult task,” DAR member Karen Caswell said. “Consequently, there was a tie for the second place scholarship award of $75.”
Zoe Opperman from Sweet Home High School was named this year’s $100 scholarship winner. Elias Johnson from East Linn Christian Academy and Kassidy Schumacher from Scio High School receive second-place honors.
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest was developed in 1934 to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship.
The honor recognizes and rewards individuals with qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.
Students are selected by their teachers and peers.
Once a student is chosen as the school’s DAR Good Citizen, he or she is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement (listing activities, transcript and references) and an essay.
Entries are independently scored by retired teachers who are not acquainted with the students. The winning entry advances to the district level and then to state. Regional and national winners are chosen from these participants.