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Local students recognized for winning DAR essay contest

Standouts hail from Lydiksen, Dublin, San Ramon

The Jose Maria Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently honored students across the Tri-Valley who stood out in the group's annual student essay contest.

The Pleasanton chapter hosts the DAR Good Citizen Program for high school seniors selected by their school for dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. This year's local winner was Kylie Burke from Dublin High School. Runner-up was Michelle Yoon from Amador Valley High School.

The group also holds the American History Essay contest, open to students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades. This year's topic was "World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars" -- in honor of the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Local winners were advanced to the California State Society of DAR District IV competitions, where some received top billing and earned a spot in the statewide judging.

The winning eighth-grade essay was written by Eva Shen from Windemere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon.

The seventh-grade winner was Anshul Kumar Chennavaram from Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon -- also a district winner.

Winning the chapter and district levels as well were Sanika Saleem from Gale Ranch Middle School in San Ramon (sixth grade) and Leanne Liz George from Lydiksen Elementary School in Pleasanton (fifth grade).

Chapter winners were presented a recognition certificate and a monetary award. On-hand for the award ceremony in Pleasanton on Feb. 10 were Mayor Jerry Thorne, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell.

Founded in 1890, the DAR is a nationwide, lineage-based, nonprofit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and ensuring the nation's strong future by supporting education.

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