SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ -- The Westfield Chapter of The Daughters of The American Revolution (DAR) recently presented the DAR Good Citizen Awards to three area high school seniors: Erika Bretz from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, Taliyah Williams from the Wardlaw-Hartridge School, and Aidan Berman from Westfield High School. 

Each school selected one Good Citizen from their senior class based on Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality), Service (cooperation, courtesy, consideration of others), Leadership (personality, self-control, responsibility), and Patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation).

All three students also participated in writing an outstanding DAR Scholarship Essay which was administered under strict guidelines without prior knowledge of the topic. The essays were then judged by three non-DAR judges. Aidan’s essay won first place and was advanced to compete at the state level.

Each student has demonstrated exceptional DAR qualities in their everyday lives. They have been involved in various school and community projects holding leadership and advisory roles. All three students plan to go on to college and look forward to careers in law, pediatric oncology and finance.

DAR members presented the three winners with a DAR Good Citizen Certificate, pin and wallet card, and each winner received a $100 cash prize donated by the Westfield DAR Chapter. Due to the COVID pandemic, presentations were held outside at locations and dates chosen by the schools. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political national women’s volunteer organization which believes in promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism.

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