The Col. William McIntosh Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored seniors from five area high schools as DAR Good Citizens. The awards ceremony was held on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Needham Historical Society.
Needham resident and 50-year DAR member Carol Boulris gave a brief talk on the DAR and its commitment to patriotism, service and education. Boulris is an honorary State Regent of the Massachusetts DAR and has held national office in the society.
Professor Gary Hylander of Stonehill College presented the program, which was a lively talk on the signers of the Declaration. Hylander truly makes history come alive/
Due to illness, Good Citizens chairman Nancy Chick was unable to attend; Chapter Registrar Marcia Nizzari presented the awards.
Good Citizens are selected by the faculty and student body of their schools for demonstrating unparalleled qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The winners for 2012 are:
- Matthew L. Fechtelkotter, St. Sebastian's School
- Olivia Vieira, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
- Yanni Chen, Needham High School
- Evan Ross Mayer, Medfield High School
- Molly Madeline Quinlan, Millis High School
Any woman over the age of 18, regardless of race, creed or religion is eligible for membership in the DAR, providing she can prove direct descent from a Revolutionary War-era patriot. The national organization boasts more than 180,000 members in hundreds of chapters in all 50 states and many foreign countries. Chapters are typically named after a local event, landmark, or patriot. Col. William McIntosh, who lived in Needham, fought under George Washington and was later a representative in the General Court (state legislature).