BRIDGTON — The Molly Ockett Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently recognized students at area schools with DAR Good Citizen Awards, DAR Youth Citizenship Medals, and a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) medal. The DAR is a lineage-based, women’s service organization that promotes historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

Five high-school seniors were named DAR Good Citizens because they demonstrate the characteristics of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. Emily Cummings of Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in Paris, Matthew Cummings of Sacopee Valley High School in Hiram, Rose Elsaesser of Lake Region High School in Naples, Kayleigh Flaherty of Oak Hill High School in Wales, and Kayden Haylock of Buckfield Junior-Senior High School in Buckfield were selected by their respective schools for the honor. Each honoree received a certificate and a lapel pin. Students who entered the scholarship portion of the contest received a monetary award.

Two eight-graders, Alexza Dunham and Jimmy Tedeschi, of Oxford Hills Middle School in Paris, were awarded DAR Youth Citizenship Medals and accompanying certificates of award. The DAR Youth Citizenship Medal is awarded to students in grades five through eleven who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism. Hailee Butterworth of Sacopee Valley High School in Hiram was awarded the DAR Bronze ROTC medal. Ms. Butterworth was selected for this award for her demonstrated loyalty and patriotism and her record of military and scholastic achievement as a member of the school’s Junior ROTC program.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize the incredibly accomplished students who have received DAR awards” says Molly Ockett Chapter Regent Susan T. Smith. “These students not only have attained the highest level of academic achievement, but they have also worked to make their schools and communities better places. It gives one great faith in the future of our country.” Schools that would like to recognize outstanding students with DAR awards are encouraged to contact the chapter at [email protected]

The Molly Ockett Chapter DAR serves the Lake Region of Maine. Recent projects writing thank-you notes and donating lap blankets and about 800 blank cards for the use of residents of Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris. The chapter will continue its participation in the project to clean gravestones in the Naples Village Cemetery this summer.

Each DAR member can trace her lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. Today’s DAR is dynamic and diverse, with over 190,000 members in nearly 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. DAR members annually provide millions of hours of volunteer service to their local communities across the country and world. Over 1.1 million members have joined the organization since its founding in 1890.

If you are interested in learning more about DAR membership, visit, email the chapter at [email protected], or call 207-925-1076.

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