Vienna Students Win DAR Awards – from left: CJ Reimann of Oakton High School and Elizabeth Leavitt of James Madison receive their DAR Good Citizens Awards from Fairfax County Chapter Regent Elizabeth Bays and Good Citizens committee co-chairmen Amy Cartwright and Leigh Pomponio.
Two Vienna high school seniors recently won DAR Good Citizens awards from Fairfax County Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Elizabeth Leavitt of James Madison High School, daughter of David and Marilena Leavitt, and Christian (CJ) Reimann of Oakton High School, son of Chris and Joan Reimann, received their awards at a recent meeting of the DAR chapter.
The awards recognize high school seniors who exemplify dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. As part of their application packet, students explain how they have demonstrated these qualities in their lives and relationships with others.
They also submit transcripts and letters of recommendation reflecting their academic standing, community service and dedication to country. The final part of the application is a timed, handwritten 500-word essay on a theme not announced in advance. This year’s essay was on "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: Describe the Freedoms and Responsibilities of a Good Citizen."
One of the world’s largest, most active volunteer service organizations, DAR promotes historic preservation, education and patriotism. It awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and financial aid to students each year, and supports schools for children in educationally under-served areas. For more information on the DAR, see www.vadar.org and www.dar.org.