Local students honored at NSDAR award ceremony
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Members of Dr. Silas Hamilton Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) held their 58th Annual Awards Night Monday, March 6, at a dinner meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Jerseyville.
Regent Sandra Burch Cornelius presided over the meeting that honored seven seniors from area high schools who were chosen by their teachers and peers to be the 2023 DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Good Citizens and two elementary students who won the DAR American History Essay Contest.
Benjamin Goetten, Jersey County State’s Attorney, was the speaker of the evening.
The DAR Good Citizen Award, sponsored nationally by the NSDAR, is based on qualities of good character including, dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Roberta Groppel and Katie Morgan, co-chairs of the DAR Good Citizens Committee, presented Good Citizen pins, certificates and monetary awards to the following winners: Brussels High School, Nicholas Kiel, son of Eric and Jeanene Kiel; Bunker Hill High School, Olivia Gresham, daughter of James and Kristina Gresham; Calhoun High School, Samantha Kaufman, daughter of Samuel and Courtney Kaufman; Carlinville High School, Cooper Fullington, son of Marty and Beth Fullington; Gillespie High School Emily Schoen, daughter of Glen and Brandi Schoen; JCHS, Drake Goetten, son of Aaron and Kelly Goetten; Southwestern High School, Jillian Beilsmith, daughter of Nicholas and Rachel Beilsmith.
Emily Schoen was judged as winner of the essay contest and her essay was forwarded to District V for judging at that level.
Mary Strebel, chairman of the American History Essay Contest, presented medals and certificates to the following winners: eighth grade, Haylie Eilerman, daughter of Michael and Traci Eilerman; seventh grade, Charli Carter, daughter of Jarrod and Heidi Carter. Both chapter winners are students at St. Francis/Holy Ghost School. Their essays were sent to District V to be judged at that level.
The next meeting will be Saturday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at Carol Brown’s home. The “President’s Cookies” will be the program.