Three seniors representing Mountain Area high schools were named Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Sierra Foothills Chapter Good Citizens Award winners. The students, honored at a recent luncheon and tea at Oakhurst Lutheran Church, were presented with certificates and scholarships.
The students, Aaron Bausch (Yosemite High School), McKenna Chase (Minarets High School), and Max Talamantez (Glacier High School) were recognized for their leadership, dependability, patriotism, and community service.
Bausch and Talamantez were each awarded $50 scholarships and Chase was presented with a $100 scholarship, as she was also judged the Mountain Area winner of the contest for her essay entitled, “Our American Heritage and our Responsibility for Preserving it.”
DAR member and Good Citizens Award Chairperson Dianna Shields made the presentations and was assisted by Nancy Wider, regent of the local chapter. This was the first presentation of Good Citizen Awards by the chapter, which was chartered this past June.
Students are selected by their teachers and peers for this honor.
“They represent the best,” said Shields. “They are held in “high regard in their class and community.”
Bausch is the son of Mike Bausch and Denise Cudd. He plans to attend either the University of California, Santa Barbara, or Cal Poly to study dentistry, a profession practiced by one of his grandfathers.
Chase is considering Azusa Pacific University to study psychology. She is the daughter of Todd and Leah Chase.
Talamantez plans to take a semester off before attending Reedley College to study computer engineering. Robert and Connie Flores are his guardians.
The next meeting of the Sierra Foothills Chapter of the DAR will be held 11:30 a.m., March 21, at the Blue Heron Restaurant in Yosemite Lakes Park in conjunction with the Fresno chapter. The program will be a presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers of the United States Army.
The chapter is also collecting towels, men’s clothing and razors for the April 11 Veterans’ Stand Down to be held at Sierra Pines Church in Oakhurst.
Note: The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization. DAR members are dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism in communities across the nation. All students are invited to participate and learn more about the educational programs the DAR offers. The local chapter may be contacted through facebook.com at: Daughters of the American Revolution: Sierra-Foothills Chapter.