Congratulations to three Montverde Academy Upper School Students who received 2016 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Student Awards last Friday! The annual awards program was presented by the DAR Tomaka Chapter at the Clermont City Community Center – located on 620 W. Montrose St., in Clermont, Florida.  Junior Maryn Douglas was awarded the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest Award.  Senior Konnor Kesselring was awarded the DAR Good Citizen Award. Sophomore Hunter Valada was the recipient of DAR Outstanding American History Award.

According to its official website, “The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children… and is one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 180,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally.  Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background-who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.”

L-R Greg Wise (MVA Upper School teacher), Robert Burke (MVA Upper School teacher),  junior Maryn Douglas, sophomore Hunter Valada, senior Konnor Kesselring, Troy Urquhart, Dean of Upper School