The Grand Canyon Chapter DAR recently held its annual award ceremony to recognize educators and students at the McDowell Mountain Club House.
Carmen Wendt, Regent of the 180-member chapter, said Zachary Zipser of Coronado High School received the Outstanding History Teacher Award from Chapter Historian Gera King.
The Outstanding Special Education Award went to Gabriele Bittner of Desert Oasis Elementary and Middle Schools in Tolleson.
Among students’ honors, the Good Citizen Senior in High School was earned by Maeve Lomax of Chaparral High.
Chairwoman Betty Heenan congratulated Maeve on winning the Chapter, ASDAR state and the NSDAR Division awards.
Virginia Curry, chapter librarian, introduced the five essay contest winners, who received a certificate, medal and gift card.
The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest for high school students was won by Gael Zentai, Chaparral High. The Fifth Grade American Essay Contest winner was Sadie Becker of Cochise Elementary; Sixth Grade American History winner was Hilary Wollheim of Cocopah Middle School; the Seventh Grade American History winner was William Ryan of Desert Canyon Middle School, and the Eighth-Grade Contest winner from Desert Canyon Middle School was Avery Patton.
Twyla Preising of Chaparral High School received recognition for her students’ participation in writing essays for the contest over the past several years.
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is a service organization founded in 1890.
The mission of the DAR, whose motto is “God, Home and Country,” includes historic preservation, education and patriotism.