ELIZABETHTOWN – The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is delighted to announce the student winners of the 2021 DAR Good Citizens and American History Committee Essay Contests.
East Bladen High School selected Lily Lin, daughter of Dong Lin and Jin En Chen, to receive the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award 2021. Lin, accompanied by her mother, was introduced to the chapter and presented a certificate, pin and badge. copy of the American Creed. She will also receive a check for $ 100.
DAR Good Citizen’s selection criteria are based on one who excels in demonstrating exceptional service, patriotism, leadership and reliability in the home, school and community. In addition to outstanding character traits, Lin is an honored student who served as Chief Marshal in her first year and works in her family business while being dual enrolled at Bladen Community College where she earned two associate degrees.
Lin excelled in athletics, having played soccer, tennis, and basketball (captain of the last two) throughout high school. She received praise from teachers, coaches, administrators and fellow students. In addition to academic and athletic excellence, Lin has volunteered in church and community activities while serving as a member and officer in a plethora of school-related clubs and extracurricular activities.
The honoree said she values the relationships she has established as her most rewarding experiences. Lin will be attending NC State University in the fall, where she plans to pursue studies in biomedical engineering.
The subject of this year’s American history essay competition, the Boston Massacre, was chosen by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of this event which was one of the main causes of the American Revolution. The college students’ essays were written in the first person, forcing the authors to describe what they saw, its impact on them and on the country.
Winners of the chapter essays, all students of the Clarkton School of Discovery are: Greer Pope, daughter of Phillip and Samantha Pope; Rebecca Johnson, daughter of Dwayne and Rebecca Johnson; and Aiden Hargrove, son of Kelly Hargrove-Runion.
Following the recognition and presentation of certificates by DAR Good Citizens and American History Committee Chair Terry Smith, winners and guests received refreshments from the Hostess Committee, chaired by Sandra Cain, in the room. from Wesley’s Chapel Church where the event took place. The dining tables featured pretty samples of textile artwork created by Jane Ross, a member of Wesley’s Chapel and former regent of the chapter.
Vice-Regent Susie Wilkes opened the meeting and presented a short program on the importance and role of early American textile arts.
The chapter thanks all the educators who participate in the DAR competitions each year as well as all the participating students and congratulates the winners of the chapter.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historical preservation, education, and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the War of Independence. With over 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters around the world, DAR is one of the largest and most active service organizations in the world. Over a million women have joined the DAR since its inception.
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