CHESTER, Vt. – The Cavendish-Willam French Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chapter met Wednesday, May 2 at the Heritage Deli in Chester to honor four local students.
Grace Gruber-Cook was chosen as our chapter’s American History Essay Winner. Grace is the daughter of Aaron and Jessica Farrar. Her 6th grade teacher at Ludlow Elementary School, Heidi Baitz, has been very faithful in encouraging her students to enter the DAR history essay contest. Grace’s topic was “World War I – The War to End All Wars.” Her essay was sent on to Vermont State History Essay Committee for judging. After winning that section, the essay moved on to the Northeast Region for judging which Grace also won. Needless to say, we are very proud of Grace’s composition. Grace read her essay and received her pin and DAR certificate.
Our Good Citizen students were also honored. These Good Citizens are chosen by their schools based on displays of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. The following three students have displayed these attributes in their school and community life.
Josh Bodin of Green Mountain Union High School, lives in Andover. His parents are Mark and Madeleine Bodin.
Hannah Harlow of Bellows Falls Union High School, lives in Westminster. Her parents are Paul and Elizabeth Harlow.
Andrea Stevens of Black River High School, lives in Mount Holly. Her parents are Scott and Melissa Stevens.
Each student read the essay they wrote in a timed manner without any previous preparation. Their topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility to Preserve It.” They received their pins and DAR certificates.
The afternoon ended by sharing and enjoying delicious cookies from the Heritage Deli
The DAR, their schools, friends and parents are very proud of these outstanding students. They are the standard bearers of the present and for the future.