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The Clay County Advocate - Press-Flora, IL
  • Vinsans Trace Chapter of NSDAR honors Good Citizens, media

  • The Vinsans Trace Chapter of the NSDAR honored Good Citizen Award winners at their monthly meeting for March this Saturday at the Flora Depot.Vinsans trace honors one student from each of the five schools in their area; this year, all of those students were female. They include Lauren Putbrese of Flora High...
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  • The Vinsans Trace Chapter of the NSDAR honored Good Citizen Award winners at their monthly meeting for March this Saturday at the Flora Depot.
    Vinsans trace honors one student from each of the five schools in their area; this year, all of those students were female. They include Lauren Putbrese of Flora High School, Hannah Clifton of North Clay High School, Megan Kessler of Clay City High School, Gina Volk of East Richland High School, and Beth Dunahee of West Richland High School. Dunahee was not present Saturday.
    Introducing the honorees was retired educator Eunice Golden, the Vinsans Trace Good Citizens Chairman.
    The first honored was Gina Louise Volk. Volk is from Olney and wishes to attend Eastern Illinois University and become a photographer. She currently runs her own local photography business GV Photography and is active as a community volunteer and a member of her church.
    Next up was Megan Angela Kessler. Kessler is from Ingraham and has been active in class government, where she currently is serving as her class' vice president. She works on her school yearbook and has taken part in WYSE, Team Quest Academic Challenge, Pep Club and scholastic Bowl. She is also a member of the volleyball team and looks forward to attending a four year university. After college, her aspiration is to become a history teacher.
    Lauren Putbrese of Xenia was Flora High School's winner. She follows in her brother, Ben Putbrese's footsteps as a Good Citizen honoree. Lauren has served as her school's Student Council Treasurer, National Honor Society President, Business Club President and FCCLA President. As a sophomore, she raised money for the Haitian earthquake victims through a penny drive. She is active in sports, both by playing softball, basketball and tennis, and by working through co-op as an assistant to the Athletic Director. In the future, Putbrese would like to earn both her bachelor's and master's degree. She says that she would like to work in a field where interacting and helping people is a top priority.
    Hannah Clifton of Flora was honored as North Clay's good citizen award winner. Clifon is active in drama club, chorus, spanish club, FCCLA, yearbook, student council and was the virtuous student of the First Quarter for four years. Clifton is very active in her church's youth group, which she has served on countless service projects with, including a marathon fundraiser for Rapha House. She plans to major in counseling at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tenn., and may continue on to a Master's Degree there. She says that her dream is to be a counselor and to help people daily.
    Beside honoring the Good Citizen's Award winners, the Vinsans Trace Chapter of the NSDAR also honored members of the local media for their coverage. Receiving awards were the Clay County Advocate-Press, The Clay County Republican, The Hometown Journal, and WNOI.
    Page 2 of 2 - Another high point of the meeting was the dedication of a flag in honor deceased members. The flag was a revolutionary war flag emblazoned with the words "An Appeal to Heaven," which is commonly known as the pine tree flag.
    It was a flag commissioned by the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, George Washington. The phrase "An Appeal to Heaven" appears several times in "Two Treatise of Government" and suggests that after all other alternatives of seeking justice have been exhausted, only an appeal to Heaven remains.
    The final informational item of the meeting was a description of the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, which was first established in 1924 and is located in northeast Alabama.

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