Vice-Regent presents Col. (Ret.) Barry Wingard with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution DAR Distinguished Citizen Medal.
The April meeting of the Samuel Bacot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held April 9, at 3 p.m. in the Joseph Stukes Room of the Florence County Library. The hostesses for this meeting were Christy Mitchell, Margaret Collar and Mollie Corrie. The program was the American History – Good Citizen annual Essay Contest. The top entries in the Samuel Bacot Chapter of the DAR American History Essay Contest for 2013-14 were written by Claire McKay, Bailey Mitchum, Brooke Robinson, and Anna Grace Thigpen.
Bailey was the chapter winner. The topic for the essay was “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution”. The students were to use historical facts to discuss how the war was affecting their lives. They were to describe some of the changes taking place in their families as they faced this new situation. They could portray an actual or a fictional child living in the era of the American Revolution. A bibliography of their historical facts had to be included. These students were all 8th graders at Sneed Middle School and in Billy Andrew’s class.
DAR member Stephanie Raia was in charge of this contest. The top entries in the high school area were Rebecca Rene Kelley of Florence Christian School, Bailee Elizabeth Twedell of Lamar High School, Allyson English Walters of South Florence High School and Kassie Elizabeth Frank of Wilson High School. Rebecca was the chapter winner. The topic of their essay was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The focus question was “How does one’s personal heritage affect one’s duty to our Nation?” The four characteristics of the winner are dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
These students were judged on high school activities, extracurricular activities, community service, good citizen’s qualities and future plans. DAR member Mary Frances Turner was in charge of this essay contest. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Distinguished Citizen Medal was awarded to Barringer Fox Wingard Jr., Colonel (Retired), US Army. This award is given to a distinguished citizen who fulfills the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism, and has contributed to the defense and security, and thereby freedom, of the community, state, or nation in an exceptional manner. The award was presented to Col. Wingard by Vice Regent Ruth Barnett. The May meeting of the Samuel Bacot Chapter of the DAR is set for Wednesday, May 14 at 3 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church.