Two students, two scoutmasters honored

Two Towson-area students received coveted awards from the Maryland State Daughters of the American Revolution Spring Conference, held at the Turf Valley Center on March 24. The Carter Braxton Chapter of DAR reports that the young ladies were first presented with local chapter awards, and then those honors were elevated to the state level.

DAR's Good Citizen Award was presented to Michelle Li, a senior at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology. Li was selected by classmates and faculty to be commended for her extraordinary embodiment of key qualities of good citizenship, including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Lily Reisse, a fifth-grader at Rodgers Forge Elementary School, was recognized for her outstanding entry in DAR's American History Essay Contest. On the 100th anniversary of World War I, the essay contest asked fifth- though eighth-graders to imagine how the end of WWI would have impacted their families’ lives, what changes the war brought to society and how those changes would impact the United States in years to come. Lily’s 600-word essay captured the restructuring of families whose mothers had once filled the father-soldier’s jobs and were now demanding more women be allowed in the workplace and the right to vote.

Since the 1950s, more than 60,000 students have participated nationally in these DAR contests, which are designed to promote patriotism and appreciation of history, and to enhance education for America’s future leaders. Attending the MSSDAR Spring Conference to cheer the winners were family, school principals, teachers and other supporters. Carter Braxton Chapter regent Phyllis Panopoulos praised the young ladies, saying “Michelle Li and Lily Reisse are truly excellent roll models for younger students to follow.”

Segueing from Revolutionary daughters to Scouting dads … we have more local awards to report, as two adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 35 recently earned top honors from the Baltimore Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Troop 35 Assistant Scoutmaster Dr. Walter Windisch was presented with a Community Leadership Award at the Baltimore City Lights “Spirit of Scouting” reception at the B&O Museum on May 16. The award recognizes individuals who exemplify in their daily lives the ideals of the Boy Scouts of America as expressed in the Scout oath and law. Dr. Windisch’s son, Stephen, is currently an eighth-grade student at Dumbarton Middle School and is also an active member of the troop.

Rodgers Forge resident Jack Kidd, also assistant scoutmaster for Troop 35, was presented with the Silver Beaver award on April 19. This award is the highest form of recognition that a local Boy Scout council can bestow on a volunteer. With scouting roots that date back to the 1960s, Kidd began as a Boy Scout himself in Troop 35, which is based out of the Church of the Redeemer, and has continued his involvement nearly every year since, including guiding his own sons through the program. His lifelong dedication to scouting in the Towson area has made an impact on many lives.

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