Sean Cruess of Farmington High School was honored by the Sarah Whitman Hooker Chapter, NSDAR, with the DAR Good Citizen award on February 24, in a ceremony at the Noah Webster Library in West Hartford. Jonathan A. Harris, Executive Director of the Connecticut Democratic State Central Committee, spoke during the presentation. Mr. Harris is a past Connecticut State Senator, West Hartford Mayor, and Deputy Treasurer of the State of Connecticut.
The DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest encourages good citizenship. The students selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizens are judged on Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism. Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen.
Each school’s DAR Good Citizen receives a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate, and recognition card. This student is then eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Contest. Students who enter this essay contest may advance to the state and national contest levels.
The Sarah Whitman Hooker Chapter, NSDAR was founded in West Hartford in 1906. Some of the chapter’s achievements over the years include marking and mapping soldiers’ graves in the Old North Cemetery, planting numerous trees throughout the town, assisting with the restoration and furnishing of the Sarah Whitman Hooker House, and donating the building for the town’s first library in 1917.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education and promoting patriotism. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible.