Two Named DAR Good Citizens, Parkview Student Wins Essay Contest

(BEDFORD) – Vonya Girgis and Liam Quaas have been named DAR Good Citizens by the John Wallace Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Suttyn Alvey, the daughter of Curt and Melissa Alvey and a student in Sharon Benham’s fifth grade class at Parkview Intermediate School, was the winner of the American History Essay Contest. Her essay was titled, “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.”
To become DAR Good Citizens, candidates must exhibit dependability, leadership, service to the community and patriotism. The scholarship portion of the program consists of a written essay following the theme, “Our American Heritage and our responsibility for preserving it,” with a specific focus on “What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?”
Girgis and Quaas were chosen the scholarship winners based on their essays.
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Vonya Girgis is the daughter of Dr. Kamal and Mayor Shawna Girgis. She is a senior at Bedford North Lawrence High School.
Girgis is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, BNL Chorale, Starlets, Winter Guard, and Orchestra. She is an active member of the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, where she partners with younger musicians in its orchestra.
Her plans are to earn a degree in mechanical engineering. Her dream job would be to work for Walt Disney World Company.
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Liam Quaas is the son of Scott and Kathy Quaas and is a senior at Mitchell High School.
Quaas is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as president, SADD, Spanish club, Student Council, Tri-Hi-Y, Academic Team, Amnesty International, soccer for four years, track and basketball.
He plans to attend Purdue University to study ecology, evolution and environmental biology. He would eventually like to attend veterinarian school and specialize in endangered animals
Girgis, Quaas, and Alvey will be recognized at an awards banquet at 6 p.m. Monday, March 18 at the First Baptist Church Life Center at 1515 20th Street. Reservations for the dinner can be made by contacting Martha Cox at 812-849-2432. Meal tickets are $8. The reservation deadline is Wednesday.