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Sparta High School Senior, Chelsea Rivera Receives DAR Recognition

Jennifer Dericks

Saturday, November 23, 2013 • 12:00am

SPARTA, NJ-Sparta High School senior Chelsea Rivera has been selected to receive the chapter  National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. 

Rivera is a member of the Sparta High School Swim team and is Vice President of Operation Smile and Key Club.  "Volunteering is important to me," Rivera shared.  She has applied 'early action' to Georgetown University.   "It's my dream school!  I really want to go to school in Washington DC."

The DAR Good Citizenship scholarship contest is comprised of rigorous two sections.  The first requires a self-reflective essay about how they try to "manifest the qualities of a good citizen," according to the DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship contest program overview.  Much like the college application process, the first section also requires two letters of recommendation and an official transcript.  The second part of the selection process, supervised by Guidance Director Rory Fitzgerald, consisted of an essay written in a two hour session. 

Once chosen by the local chapter, this same application package is forwarded on to be evaluated for higher level recognition.  Selection at the State level means a $250 award, a pin and certificate.  From there eight regional winners will be selected, with a $500 award.  Finally, selection as the national winner means a $5,000 scholarship, silver bowl and certificate  and an invitation to the DAR Continental Congress in Washington DC.  Rivera is now eligible for consideration of these awards.

"I am planning to major in Public Policy and work through the Senate," says Rivera bubbling with enthusiasm.  "I'm excited for college.  I can't wait."

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