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Students are honored with good citizen awards

Five area high school students were honored as the Archibald D. Murphey Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen of their respective schools on March 9, held in Murphy.
The students were Oren Jones of Andrews High School; Adam Urbaniuk of Hayesville High School; Elizabeth Cambranis of Murphy High School; and Cheyanne Rapuano of Tri-County Early College. Also named was Haylie Scope of Hiwassee Dam High School; who was unable to attend.
The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It is open to all high school senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools. The Good Citizen winners were chosen by a vote of their senior class peers for having the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. These qualities are exemplified by truthfulness, loyalty, cooperation, courtesy, self-control and unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation. All students were presented a recognition certificate, the DAR good Citizen Pin and a wallet card from the Archibald D. Murphey Chapter DAR.
The students who enter the scholarship portion of the contest are required to complete a description of how they fulfill the above qualities, their official grade transcript and two letters of recommendation. They must also complete an essay within a two-hour time frame without assistance or reference materials. This year’s topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It” focusing on the question “Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?”
All five students named DAR Good Citizen from their respective high schools, participated in this portion of the DAR event by submitting an essay and qualifications to be evaluated by three outside judges chosen by the local DAR Good Citizen committee. Those judges were Ronald Nutter, Dennis Gray and William Shoch.
Cambranis was selected as the winner of the essay contest at the chapter level and given a monetary award from the Archibald D. Murphey Chapter DAR. She is the daughter of Ramiro and Beth Cambranis. She also read her essay to the audience of DAR members, families and school guidance counselors in attendance.
Women who have family ancestors who assisted with this country’s fight for independence in the American Revolution and are interested in DAR membership may contact Regent Telia Cunningham at:, Vice Regent Sandra Shoch at: or 389-0241. Information is also available at:

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