DAR recognizes outstanding students

UPSTATE — The Fort Prince George Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its annual Awards Day.

Awards recognize outstanding students from local middle and high schools in the categories of American history, JROTC and Good Citizen.

Nominated by teachers and counselors, each student receives a certificate of excellence, a lapel pin or medal and a gift card. Students and teachers are invited to attend a DAR meeting to be introduced as friends and family join in to congratulate them. Anne Kilpatrick, Regent, noted that “many students are excited to receive the award because their mother or grandparent had won it in the past.”

The awards are all part of the DAR’s commitment to the mission of encouraging education, historic preservation and patriotism.

This year’s winners are:

American History — Carolyn Nations, American History Committee Chairman

Easley Middle School — Olivia Durham

Liberty Middle School — Nora Whelchel

Pickens Middle School — Bryce Pope

JROTC — Karen Garrett, National Defense Committee Chairman

Liberty High School — Daniela Vallecillo

Pickens High School — Cadet Major Carole Thomas

DAR Good Citizen — Julie Thompson, DAR Good Citizen Committee Chairman, Carolyn Nations, Presenter

Easley High School — Reilly Gray Kelley

Liberty High School — Courtney Bryant

Pickens High School — Riley Nicholson