Sweet Home student wins DAR essay contest

Jill Wilson of Sweet Home was the first-place winner at the Santiam Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s “Good Citizen” awards tea Feb. 12 at the First United Methodist Church.

These prestigious awards are presented annually to outstanding high school seniors demonstrating the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Having been chosen by his/her respective school, each student entering the scholarship competition submits personal information pertaining to his/her service to the community, school or church and completes an essay of not more than 500 words.

The candidates were Lakyn Johnson from East Linn Christian Academy, Linda Loehr from Lebanon High School, Ryan Hood-Taylor from Scio High School, and Wilson.

Hood-Taylor placed second, and Johnson finished third, with Loehr receiving honorable mention. .

State Regent Beverly Przybylski and District IV Director Frances Kucera of Eugene attended the event.