Audrey Kang, a senior at Dublin High School, received the DAR Good Citizen Award from the José Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its annual awards ceremony on Feb. 8. Jessica Gudino, from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, received honorable mention. The award recognizes dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Four students in grades five through eight were presented American History Essay Awards for their descriptions of “The Voyage of the Mayflower” This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage and the founding of the Plymouth Colony, and students were asked to imagine being a passenger on the Mayflower.
The winners were Emily Hsu, a fifth grader at Donlon Elementary School in Pleasanton; Pragyan Ramamoorthy, a sixth grader at Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon; Olivia Kang, a seventh grader at Thomas S. Hart Middle School in Pleasanton; and Aditya Dawar, an eighth grader at Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton.
Constitution Week Poster Contest, DAR Good Citizen, American History Essay Contest – “The Voyage of the Mayflower”, and Christopher Columbus Essay Contest – “A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas”.
Eva Shen, a 10th grader at Dougherty Valley High school in San Ramon, won the DAR chapter’s Christopher Columbus essay contest. Her essay on “A Sailor’s Experiences as Part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas,” also won the DAR District IV essay contest. District winners will go on to compete at the state level.
Essay writers were asked to imagine being a sailor with Columbus on his first voyage in 1492, and to describe their impression of Columbus and their perception of the expedition’s purpose after returning
For the first time, the Pleasanton DAR chapter also presented awards to its Constitution Week Poster Contest winners. First place went to Fatima Kanamkandy, second place to Manasvita Venkatesh, third place to Abrianna Zhang, and an honorable mention to Jyothi Vema. All four winners were from Hart Middle School. Their teacher, Emily Santos, was also recognized not only for helping make making the school a safe and nurturing environment, but also a space for students to create, explore and build on their talents.
The awards ceremony was held at the Pleasant View Church of Christ in Pleasanton. The Young American Patriots Fife and Drum Corps opened the ceremony with music from the Revolutionary War period, including Yankee Doodle.
The American History essay contest, the DAR Good Citizen Award and the Christopher Columbus essay contest are conducted annually by the DAR, whose mission is historical preservation, education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor.