Monday, June 21, 2010

L to R Erica Wagnon, Krystal Vonwald and Brandi Musselwhite

DAR Awards Junior Officer Training Corp Winners

On May 12, 2010 The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful year with a tour, meeting and picnic at Brunswick town/Fort Anderson. Awardees, parents and teachers also attended. The program was held in recognition of the student winners of the group’s Junior Officer Training Corp (JROTC) scholarship awards. The purpose of JROTC is "to instill in students in [United States] secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The young women who received the DAR, JROTC award had to demonstrate academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership and the fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officer Training Corp.” Trudy Tanzillo, Chairman of National Defense Committee introduced the award winners: Erica Wagnon, Krystal Vonwalk, and Brandi Musselwhite.
Erica graduated from North Brunswick High School. Her senior year she held a position of cadet major in JROTC. She was captain of her school’s soccer team and involved in many church and community activities. She was a member of the French Honor Society, National Honor Society, captain of the soccer team and National Society of High School Scholars. She has a four year soccer scholarship to Chowan University. She would like to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
Krystal graduated from West Brunswick High School. Her interests included JROTC and held a position of S-4. She volunteered at Brunswick Family Assistance during her 4 years in high school. Krystal helped out with the summer food program for needy children. She will begin Brunswick Community College in the fall to pursue a career in elementary education.
Brandi just completed her junior year at South Brunswick High School. She has been very active in the Air Force JROTC color guard her freshman and sophomore years at Laney High School in Wilmington, NC and continued her involvement with JROTC at South Brunswick this year.
The students previously received a $100.00 savings bond and pin and were presented with a certificate of recognition to the JROTC winners at the May DAR meeting.


At each middle school in Brunswick County one eighth grade boy and girl were presented with the prestigious “Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizenship Award”. The DAR asks that students selected to receive this award demonstrate honesty, loyalty, cooperation, kindliness, courage, leadership, and patriotism. The presentations were made at each school at their end of the year awards assembly. The eight students who received the “DAR Good Citizenship Award” for the 2009-2010 school year and the schools they represent are listed below:

Cedar Grove – Walter Reyes
Emily Hataway

Leland Middle School – Joshua Godbold
Jensen Wallace

Shallotte Middle School – Tyler Alex Caron
Hayley Morgan Grimes

South Brunswick Middle School – Colin Minor

by Barb Carrico

L to R: Madison Cleveland and MIkayla Willis students from Leland Christian Academy

DAR Presents Essay Awards

On May 12, 2010 The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful year with a tour, meeting and picnic at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson. Awardees, parents and teachers were also in attendance.

Doris N. Thompson, American history chair, presented essay contest awards to Madison Cleveland, sixth grade student and Mikayla Willis, fifth grade student from Leland Christian Academy. Students in fifth through eighth grade were invited to participate in an essay contest, “The Transcontinental Railroad” and asked to describe how they felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah to celebrate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. The students were to pretend that they were either a settler planning to use the train to travel to their new home in the west, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line or a native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad.

Mikayla chose the topic, “A Settler of the 1800’s planning to move to the west to make a better way of life. While, Madison, chose the topic “Her great grandfather as a native American whose life was greatly affected by the transcontinental railroad and how he fought to keep his land that was needed to make way for the railroads.”
by Doris Thompson