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Awards Presented to Good Citizens, Essay Winners

May 20, 2019

NASHUA, N.H — Three high-school seniors are this year’s recipients of the DAR Good Citizens Award presented by the Matthew Thornton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The winners are Bridget Gilligan, Alvirne High School, Hudson; Olivia Carlson, Campbell High School, Litchfield; and Valerie Higgins, Pelham High School.

Valerie was also second state-level winner at the annual NHSODAR Spring conference.

Cecily Eldridge, Good Citizens chairman, recognized the winners sponsored by the chapter as excellent scholars having records of leadership in school activities and having contributed to their communities as volunteers. The winners are presented with a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

The students who have earned the title of DAR Good Citizens also wrote an essay on “American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it.” The focus question for this year’s contest was, “What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?”

All statewide winners were also honored at the New Hampshire DAR Good Citizens Day celebration and award presentation luncheon held at Holiday Inn in Concord.

Matthew Thornton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution also announced and presented the American History award with a certificate and pin. The theme this year was “Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus the Ships of Today.” The student’s essay was to discuss the advantages and disadvantage of these late 15th-century ships compared to the modern ships of today and how they would have been prepared for his Columbus voyage.

Andrea Kleiner, the chapter’s American History Chairman, presented the award to Priyam Parekh, a freshman at Alvirne High School in Hudson. Priyam was represented by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Parekh,

History teacher, Mr. Vance and, Social Studies Head, Mr. Peterson to receive the award.

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