WEIRTON - The Fort Steuben Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution presented numerous awards at the March meeting held at the Weirton Holiday Inn, with Regent JoAnn Morrison presiding.
The program involved the annual presentation of American History and Good Citizenship awards with Karen Blanc, second vice regent and American History chair, presenting certificates, medals and checks to Elizabeth Snyder of Oak Glen High School, Danielle Welling of Indian Creek High School and Zachariah Zdinak of Edison Local High School.
Morgan S. Brown won first place in the Good Citizenship contest, Michael Mastromichalis second and Aubrie Marie Gaydosh third. They received certificates, pins and checks.
Good Citizenship Chair Linda Howenshil recognized honorable mention students Stephanie Calabrese, Siera Hardy, Libby McFadden, Benjamin Bravo, Noel Adamson and Megan Keenan. They were presented certificates and pins.
Morrison introduced and welcomed perspectives Carol Dulaney and Dee Ann Greene-Marazalek.
Indian Minute Chair Lorna Young reported on the sweat lodge ceremony, a combination of fire, wood, water and stone. It was for physical and spiritual purification and usually took a couple of hours.
National Defender Chair Bonnie Slemmer reported, given recent announcements of personnel cuts in the Armed Forces, the NSDAR volunteer work through the DAR Service for Veterans, DAR Project Patriot and other committees that interact with veterans and our armed forces, will continue to be needed and appreciated.
Junior American Citizenship Chair Nancy Valles announced the following Ohio state winners: poster category, sixth-grader Jacob Swinsinski, seventh-grader Alexis Buckmeiter and eighth-grader Anthony Zome; and, stamp design category, sixth-grader Alyanna Glynn, seventh-grader Taylor Haney and eighth-grader Nicholas Petrides, photo essay category, sixth-grader Taylor Williams and eighth-grader Deshaun Smith; banner category, seventh-graders Brooke Beattie, Jordan Ferguson and Ch'Mar Deffenbaugh, eighth-graders Dmitri Collaros, Brien Beattie and Joey Walkosky; creative expression category, sixth-grader Essence Starr and seventh-grader Joshua Gault; and short story category, seventh-grader Lexi Biasi.
Morrison informed the members the JAC state winners will be honored at the luncheon at the OSDAR conference in Columbus and sponsors are needed to cover the cost of their meals.
The chapter's April meeting has been changed to April 21 at noon at the First Christian Church at 3252 Main St., Weirton. Nita Resler will give a program, "The History of Quilts."
Members were reminded of the joint SAR-DAR historical celebration commemorating the first battle of the Revolutionary War on April 28 at 11 a.m. at the Weirton First Christian Church. A reception will follow the program.