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DAR award winners

Good Citizen Award Recipients: first row, 2016 recipients Henri Baxhellari from Colonie HS and Julia McGaugh from Shaker HS; second row “alumni” who received their awards as high school seniors - L to R – Pam Rowley (Asst Director Pruyn House), Sheila Kiehle (retired Shaker HS teacher), Kathleen Skeals (Assistant Superintendent North Colonie School) and Ann Misir (DAR Chair of the Good Citizen Award and retired Shaker HS teacher).

Two Colonie Students Earn DAR Good Citizen Award

The Mohawk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has presented the 2016 DAR Good Citizen Award to Henri Baxhellari (Colonie High) and Julia McGaugh (Shaker High).

The presentation was made the Dec. 8 meeting at the Pruyn House.

Both students, who are high school seniors, were selected by their teachers and wrote an essay on the topic, “Our American Heritage and our Responsibility for Preserving It: How do the combined actions of many good citizens keep our nation moving forward?”

This award was first established in 1934 to honor students who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The photo on the right shows this year’s honorees, as well as some who have earned this special distinction in the past.

Also attending the ceremony were parents of both Julia and Henri, along with history teacher Robert Shafer from Colonie High, Social Studies Supervisor Robert Pollaro from Shaker High, as well as other representatives from district administration: Sheila Kiehle (representing South Colonie Board of Education), Jonathan Buhner, South Colonie Superintendent of Schools, and Kathleen Skeals, North Colonie Assistant Superintendent of Schools. Many Mohawk members were also in attendance.

The DAR Mohawk Chapter was founded in 1895. The DAR perpetuates the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American independence. The objectives laid forth in the first meeting of the DAR have remained the same in over 100 years of service to the nation.Those objectives are historical, educational, and patriotic; that is, to cherish, maintain, and extend the institutions of American freedom; to foster true patriotism and love of country; and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessing of liberty.

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