DAR chapter honors local students

The Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s March 9 meeting at Scaffidi’s Restaurant was called to order by Chapter Regent Jo Ann Morrison.

Opening exercises were led by Carol Skerbetz, Karen Blanc and Wadeanne Nardo. Chaplain Diane Bowers gave the invocation and benediction.

The chapter recognized the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Awards and Good Citizenship Awards.

Blanc, American History chair, presented certificates, medals and checks to Kaylea Bell of Edison High School, Brandon Llewellyn of Steubenville High School and Katelyn Wilson of Catholic Central High School.

Linda Hohenshil, Good Citizenship chair, recognized honorable mention students, including Ryan Ledakis, Steubenville High School; Amy Davis, Madonna High School; Daniel Bell, Edison High School; Kasey Celestin, Indian Creek High School; and Carissa Koleski, Buckeye Local High School.

The students were presented with certificates and lapel pins.

The Good Citizenship winners included John Rodesh, Toronto High School, first place; Jennifer Mangano, Oak Glen High School, second place; and Shelby Wade, Brooke High School, third place; and Harry Olenick, Weir High School, third place.

The students were presented with certificates, pins and checks.

The business session included a report by Beverly Livingston, treasurer.

Morrison introduced prospective members Mary Ann Jessee, Jeannie Vega and Tammy Kotyk.

Lorna Young, Indian Minute Chair, reported on the Honniasont Indians, American Indians who lived along the upper Ohio River, its western Pennsylvania branches and neighboring parts of West Virginia and Ohio. They assisted the Susquehanna in war and traded with the Dutch. They were later destroyed by the Susquehanna and Seneca Indians.

Karen Blanc, American History chair, read a thank-you letter from Michael Mastromichalis, an American History winner and a chapter scholarship recipient. She also read a notice from the National Museum of the U.S. Army, noting any soldier who has ever worn an Army uniform is eligible to have a special registry page on the museum website. Those wanting to enroll can log onto www.usarmyregistry.org and complete the form.

Morrison read a report from the nominating committee. Proposed 2013-16 officers include Regent Nancy Valles, First Vice Regent Karen Blanc, Second Vice Regent Denese White, Chaplain Wadeanne Nardo, Corresponding Secretary Vickie Joseph, Treasurer Beverly Livingston, Registrar Danice Ryan, Historian Sandy Briggs, Librarian Bonnie Slemmer and Parliamentarian Carol Skerbetz.

Officers will be elected in April and installed in May.

The next meeting will be held at noon on April 20 at Scaffidi’s. Sandy Briggs will present the program, and Vickie Joseph and Carol Skerbetz will be the greeters.