Students and staff recognized by Daughters of American Revolution

Four local chapters of the Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) hosted an Excellence in American History recognition ceremony Feb. 22 to celebrate the accomplishments of 22 Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ students and teachers. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1890 with the mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism.

Representatives from the Francis Land Chapter, Adam Thoroughgood Chapter, Lynnhaven Parish Chapter and Princess Anne County Chapter presented Outstanding American History Teacher Awards to the following 8 recipients:

  • Michael Bedell, Bayside High School
  • Sarah Clark, Salem High School
  • Randy Homesly, Cox High School
  • Karl Knoche, First Colonial High School
  • Brian Leininger, Kempsville High School
  • Dolores Marinello, Windsor Oaks Elementary School
  • Courtney Pope, Tallwood High School
  • Melissa Porter, Landstown High School

DAR chapter representatives presented Outstanding American History Student Awards to the following 12 high school students:

  • Mica Agyao, Green Run Collegiate
  • Evan Allen, Ocean Lakes High School
  • Sydney Doyon, Cox High School
  • Abbey Gregory, Bayside High School
  • Abigail Martin, Tallwood High School
  • Victoria McQuay, Green Run High School
  • Jared Mirt, Kellam High School
  • Elizabeth Neiman, Kempsville High School
  • Efstratios Zouros, Landstown High School
  • DJ Sprankle, Princess Anne High School
  • Charlie Tamayo, First Colonial High School
  • Nicole Zendarski, Salem High School

Two elementary school students also were recognized for their award-winning entries in the Flag of the United States of America contest. White Oaks Elementary fourth-graders Tre McGlown and Isaiah Peppey received awards for their submissions.

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2 thoughts on “Students and staff recognized by Daughters of American Revolution

  1. The parents were told the taping would be shown throughout the week. Yesterday it was suppose to be shown at 6PM. To our knowledge it did not play. Will the show play during the other dates provided?

    Mr. Zendarski

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