MARCH 11, 2015

Grand Canyon Chapter DAR Honors Student and Community Leaders

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Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) hosted student, teacher and community leaders at its annual Awards Assembly March 7 at Chaparral Suites Resort, Scottsdale.

A highlight of the chapter presentations are the American History Committee awards.  DAR seeks to promote American history by sponsoring American History and Christopher Columbus essay contests.  The contests also provide an additional opportunity for teachers to reach out beyond the existing curriculum. Awards were given to 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade winners and to a Chaparral High School 11th grade winner of the Christopher Columbus contest, sponsored annually since 1996 with the National Italian American Foundation.

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Pictured are Betty Heenan, chapter American History Committee chairman, with award winners (l to r) Tommy Johnson, Adams Traditional School 5th grade chapter and state society winner; Ryan Taylor, Cocopah Middle School 6th grade chapter winner; Ashley Greer, Cocopah Middle School 7th grade chapter winner; Grace Taylor, Cocopah Middle School 8th grade chapter and state society winner; and Twyla Preising, Chaparal High School social studies and honors American history teacher. Ms. Heenan also announced the chapter winner of the Christopher Columbus essay contest winner, Kamren Gilbard of Chaparral High School, in front of the student body through the school’s television.

For more information on the work of today’s DAR visit  The next Grand Canyon chapter meeting is April 4. Guests are welcome. For reservations contact regent Kathy Shields at 602.820.5427 or