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Mar 30, 2022

Local High School Seniors Receive Good Citizen Award

By Lori Draz

From left: Kathleen Evans, Olly Banerjee and Cassandra DeGeorge

The Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution came together on March 7 at the Shrewsbury Historical Society to announce that Olly Banerjee, a Middletown High School South senior and Cassandra DeGeorge, a senior at Middletown High School North, had been selected for the DAR Good Citizens Award. 

The DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest were created to encourage and reward the qualities of a good citizen. The award is open to any public or private high school who recommends a candidate, based on the student’s record of dependability, leadership, service and patriotism. U.S. citizenship is not a requirement. Candidates provide a grade transcript, two letters of recommendation and complete a timed essay. The essay topic is not revealed until the beginning of a two-hour session, and the student is not allowed assistance or reference materials while completing the task. 

Banerjee was the first place winner for the chapter. This exemplary student has followed the STEM pathway and is in many AP classes. A member and past president of the Key Club, she is now lieutenant governor of District 9. She is in honor societies for science, Spanish and music and is also fluent in Hindi and Bengali. Olly was selected for Allshore Choir and is a classically trained Indian vocalist. Her volunteer activities have included assisting at the Sarada Jyoti School in Kolkata India and interning at Habcore in Red Bank. Future plans involve pursuing a degree in law. 

DeGeorge is an AP Scholar with honors and is also in dual enrolment classes at  Brookdale Community College. She has achieved high honor roll from ninth grade to present. She is a keen student of history, editor for the “Viewpoint Literary and Art Magazine” and is currently flute section leader in the Orange Wave Marching Band. For several years, she has worked at the Starfish Dance Studio and is an assistant dance teacher and program director. She is currently working on a photojournalism project to document local historic buildings. Her future education goals will concentrate on English and history.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a women’s service organization whose members can trace their lineage to an individual who contributed to securing American independence during the Revolutionary War. Today’s DAR is dynamic and diverse, with more than 185,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and abroad. DAR members annually provide millions of hours of volunteer service to their local communities across the country and world. DAR chapters participate in projects to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. More than 1 million members have joined the organization since its founding in 1890. 

To learn more about the DAR and memberships, visit dar.org. Local information and links are at stmc.njdar.org or email Regent Kathleen Evans at stmcdarregent@gmail.com.