Blue Springs Chapter NSDAR honored an outstanding teacher and students at their annual honors and awards presentation on Saturday, March 8, at the Blue Springs Country Club, with Chapter Regent Paula Clyma presiding. Commander James L. Scott, and members of the Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard provided the honor guard flag ceremony.

As a part of the introductory remarks, Clyma said, “The Daughters of the American Revolution’s emphasis during the next three years is to 'Celebrate America!' and we have been working to honor our heritage by giving back to our communities through volunteer service, supporting veterans, encouraging good citizenship, helping children and adults with basic reading skills, sponsoring scholarships, working with historical societies to preserve historic sites and records, commemorating national events, promoting Constitution Week, and recognizing outstanding students, teachers and civic leaders who are advancing the goals of our Society (historic preservation, education, and patriotism.)”

American History Essay Award: Kevin McClain, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rutledge McClain, was presented with the DAR’s American History Bronze Medal, certificate and gift card by Chapter Historian, and Chairman Sindy Gwinn, as winner of this year’s DAR American History Essay Contest. The contest, sponsored by the NSDAR, is offered to all students in grades 5, 6, 7, or 8, who are enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school, or home schooled students. The title of this year’s essay was “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution,” and participating students were asked to pretend they were a boy or girl living during the colonial fight for freedom. McClain’s essay was selected from 97 entries received from Lucy Franklin Elementary School in Blue Springs.

DAR Good Citizens: Blue Springs’ DAR Good Citizens, Maria Topi, Blue Springs High School; Sarah Tucker, Blue Springs South; and Austin Payne, Plaza Heights Christian Academy were honored with the DAR Good Citizen awards by Chairman Nancy Velder for demonstrating good citizenship and academic excellence, and for their participation in the optional DAR Good Citizens Essay and Scholarship Contest. Eligibility requirements for the DAR Good Citizen Contest must be high school seniors who have been selected by their schools as DAR Good Citizens, based on qualities of good citizenship: Dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism, as well as scholastic achievement. The chapter recognized each with a certificate, Good Citizen pin, wallet card, and monetary scholarship award.

Winners from each of these contests may be forwarded for consideration beyond the local level for state and national competition.

NSDAR Conservation Medal Award: One of the DAR’s highest honors in the field of conservation, the National DAR Conservation Medal, was presented to Keith A. Hannaman, physics, environmental science, and biology teacher at Blue Springs South, for his exceptional volunteer achievements in the field of conservation, by Conservation Chairman Myrle Chastain. Hannaman has received numerous national and state honors and awards, including the distinguished Fulbright Grant, and Toyota International Teacher award, which took his studies to Japan and the Galapagos Islands. He is a passionate environmentalist and exceptional teacher, inspiring his students to discover all of the limitless opportunities available in the world around them.

The Blue Springs Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution were honored to present these awards in honor of these exceptional students and outstanding teacher as a way of Celebrating Excellence! within the Blue Springs community.