Members of the Phebe Greene Ward Chapter, RI Daughters of the American Revolution (RIDAR;) honored local middle school and high school students during their annual student meeting held last month at the Westerly Public Library. From left; Brent Reyburn, Honorary Chapter Regent Phebe Greene Ward Chapter, RI DAR; Adriana Turano, Westerly High School; Elizabeth Lacroix, Chariho Regional High School; Reagan Tremblay, Chariho Middle School; Reed Tremblay, Chariho Regional High School and Judith Vars, Chapter Regent, Phebe Greene Ward Chapter, RIDAR.
Good Citizen Awards were given to Lacroix, a senior honors student who is on the girls cross country team who performs various leadership roles for her school and Turano, a senior at Westerly High School, who is an honors student and captain of the girls varsity lacrosse team. She has also been the Westerly Town Council Student Representative, is actively involved with the RI state judicial system as an intern, and received her certificate of bi-literacy in Italian.
In addition to the Good Citizen Awards, the DAR also holds annual American History Essay Contests. This year’s Middle School contest focused on the women’s suffrage movement. Reagan Tremblay, an 8th grader at Chariho Middle School, was selected as the chapter winner. Reagan is an avid equestrian and mountain biker, a member of the National Jr. Honor Society, and plays the flute in the middle school band. Reagan received the American History Bronze Medal.
The high school contest, hosted in collaboration with the National Italian American Foundation, focused on Christopher Columbus and the technology used in his ships. This year’s high school chapter and state winner was Reed Tremblay, a freshman from Chariho Regional High School. Reed is an officer in the RI State Society of the Children of the American Revolution and a member of the Chinese Club. Reed received the American History Silver Medal.
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, are intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Only one student per year per school may be honored as a school's DAR Good Citizen.