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Mayor Thorne, DAR recognize essay winners

Good Citizen Award goes to Dublin student

Students from Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon were recognized by the Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at its annual Student Essay Awards Ceremony last month, held at Pleasant View Church of Christ in Pleasanton.

Tatiana Bouri, from Dublin High School, won the highly competitive DAR Good Citizen Award, which included $500 cash. DAR Good Citizen applicants must submit their essay as well as their current transcript, two recommendations and a personal statement.

Students in grades 5-8 are able to participate in the DAR American History Essay Contest. The 2014-15 winners, who were awarded $100 each by the chapter, are as follows:

* Fifth grade: Carol Sun Chen, Bollinger Canyon Elementary School, San Ramon

* Sixth grade: Nitya Sunkad, Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton

* Seventh grade: Claire Shao, Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton, who was also a winner at the state level

* Eighth grade: Francesca Apaya, Windemere Ranch Middle School, San Ramon, also a winner at the state level.

Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne presented certificates and pins to all five winners. Deirdre Carrik from Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's office presented each winner with a certificate.

The DAR Good Citizen and DAR American History Essay Contest topics are announced in early September to be completed in November. School counselors can provide information on next year's event.

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