The Pleasanton-based José Maria Amador chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual student awards ceremony Feb. 13 via Zoom to recognize 13 students who took part in its 2020 programs.
Shreya Balasubramanian, a senior at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, won the DAR Good Citizen Award for demonstrating qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Jacqueline Martin of Dublin High and Mia Rodriquez of California High in San Ramon were awarded honorable mention.
Four students from different grade levels were presented American History Essay Awards for their description of the "Boston Massacre," which had its 250th anniversary on March 5, 2020. Students were asked to imagine living in Boston and describing their family's discussion about the event.
Nikhil Gundimeda of Donlon Elementary was the fifth-grade winner; Anay Kulshreshtha from Gale Ranch Middle in San Ramon was the sixth-grade winner; Aditi Nair from Fallon Middle in Dublin was the seventh-grade winner; and Olivia Kang from Laurel Springs Online School in Pleasanton was the eighth-grade winner.
In the Constitution Week Poster Contest winners, first place went to Kaushmit Bhowmik of Hart Middle in Pleasanton; second place to Serena Hobbs of Hart; third place was a tie between Rohan Tyaagi of Hart and Ahdia Mohammed of Valley View Elementary in Pleasanton; and honorable mention was a tie between Elliot Lim of Hart and Ada Nazneen of Valley View.
All poster entries were sent to the state level, where the four top winners were entries from the José Maria Amador chapter, including first place to Aarav Gupta; second place to Bhowmik; third place to Kangana Khamitkar of Hart; and Honorable Mention to Elliot Lim of Hart. Many younger students also received awards.
José Maria Amador DAR chapter held a drive-thru event Feb. 6 to present certificates, pins and scholarship awards to these and other winners. The students were able to get a professional picture taken by Bella Luna Photography Studios and pick up their prize packets, which included certificates from local and state officials, to be opened at the Zoom event a week later.
The opening for the Feb. 13 event included the Star Spangled Banner performed by the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps, then local DAR Regent Cindi Newbold led the awards ceremony.
For information about joining the local DAR chapter, contact Newbold at [email protected]