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BELLEVUE – Conestoga senior Sophia Svanda and Plattsmouth senior Garrett Quinn have been shining stars in their school systems for many years.

Both teenagers were recognized for their achievements at an awards banquet Saturday.

Svanda and Quinn both took part in an event hosted by the Major Isaac Sadler-La Belle Vue Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The group’s sixth annual awards tea took place at Hillcrest Grant Lodge. DAR members presented more than two dozen awards to area youth and adults.

Svanda was one of nine winners of the DAR Good Citizens Award. DAR members give the honor to recognize and reward individuals who display the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.

Recipients included Svanda, McKenzie Cottle of Fort Calhoun, Jessica Ferguson and Nicholas Koehler of Omaha Central, Melissa Irish of Bellevue West, Peter Lenz of Omaha Creighton Prep, Grayson Stanton of Papillion-La Vista South, Natalie Truscott of Omaha Duchesne Academy and Alexander Suh of Millard North.

In 1996 the DAR partnered with the National Italian-American Foundation to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus. Quinn collected both the chapter and state championships in the contest. His entry has been forwarded for consideration at the national level.

The Major Isaac Sadler-La Belle Vue Chapter is one of 26 DAR chapters in Nebraska. Group members strive to preserve historic buildings and artifacts, provide contests and scholarships, promote education in area schools, honor both active-duty and veteran military members and celebrate outstanding events in the nation’s history.

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