Local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter recognizes student winners

Contests include citizenship, essays

Award winners and local officials pose during ceremony hosted by José Maria Amador chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. (Photo courtesy of DAR)

The José Maria Amador chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which is based in Pleasanton, recently recognized students for taking part in its three 2018-19 programs:

* DAR Good Citizen Award

* American History Essay Contest -- "The Women's Suffrage Campaign"

* Comparing Ship Technology

The Good Citizen Award for demonstrating qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism went to Madeline Baalman, a senior at Dublin High School. Receiving honorable mention were Samantha McCue of Foothill High and Bailey Morita of Valley High School in Dublin.

Four students from different grade levels were presented American History Essay Awards for their descriptions of "The Women's Suffrage Campaign" to pass the 19th Amendment, which as ratified in 1920 to grant American women the right to vote and hold elective office:

* Sarrinah Farheen, Bella Vista Elementary in San Ramon, fifth-grade winner as well as District IV winner

* Olivia Kang, Hart Middle School in Pleasanton, sixth-grade winner

* Aditya Dawar, Harvest Park Middle School in Pleasanton, seventh-grade winner

* Priyal Sharma, Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon, eighth-grade winner

District winners go on to compete at the state level.

Essay winner Rohan Jayaram read his winning entry, "Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus the Ships of Today," which discussed the advantages and disadvantages of these late 15th-century ships compared to the modern ships of today and how they would have been prepared for the voyage.

The DAR presented certificates, pins, and in some case scholarship money to the winners. The students were also honored with certificates from Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne, Amanda Martin representing U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Dublin City Council members Jean Josey and Shawn Kumagai, and San Ramon City Councilman Dave Hudson.

The ceremony was held at the Pleasant View Church of Christ in Pleasanton, led by Debbie Janes, chapter DAR Regent. The Young American Patriots (YAPS) Fife and Drum Corps opened the event with music of the Revolutionary War period including Yankee Doodle.

The contests are held each year by the DAR, whose mission is historical preservation, promotion of education and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. For more information about joining, contact Janes at

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