DAR honors area students

DAR honors area students

Members of Dr. Silas Hamilton Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution held their 55th annual awards night Monday, March 4, at a dinner meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Jerseyville.

Regent Carol Guilander Brown presided over the meeting, which honored seven seniors from area high schools who were chosen by their teachers and peers to be the 2019 DAR Good Citizens and four elementary students who won the DAR American history essay contest.

The DAR Good Citizen Award, sponsored nationally by the NSDAR, is based on the qualities of good character, including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Roberta Groppel, chairman of the DAR Good Citizens Committee, presented Good Citizen pins, certificates and a monetary award to Toni Odelehr of Brussels High School, daughter of James and Catherine Odelehr; Natalie Landreth of Bunker Hill High School, daughter of Jeffrey Landreth and Suzanne Rull; Holly Baalman of Calhoun High School, daughter of Gary and Carrie Baalman; Grace Traylor of Carlinville High School, daughter of Tony and Marcia Traylor; Kennen Bertolis of Gillespie High School, son of Kenny and Lelia Bertolis; Hannah Tonsor (who was unable to attend) of Jersey Community High School, daughter of Scott and Amy Tonsor; and Reese Davis of Southwestern High School, son of Courtney Davis.

Landreth was judged as winner of the essay contest, and her essay was forwarded to District V for judging at that level; the chapter was later notified that she was also the District V winner and will be honored at the Illinois State Conference Youth Day Award Luncheon, to be held April 27 at the Hotel DoubleTree Convention Center in Bloomington. Landreth is the fifth District V winner from the chapter.

Read the full story in the 3-7-19 edition of the Macoupin County Enquirer~Democrat.