Essunfeld named State DAR Good Citizen winner

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BRATTLEBORO — Ari Essunfeld was named winner of the Good Citizen Scholarship for Vermont State at the Board of Management meeting of the Vermont State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, held at the Langevin House in Randolph on May 4.

Ari received this prestigious award based on letters of reference, school activities, service to community, school transcript, his responses to contest questions, and his future plans. He was required to write an essay without prior knowledge of the subject within a two-hour time limit and without reference material. This year's essay title was "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It" with a Focus Question: What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?

The Vermont State Society awarded Ari a certificate, pin, and a $500 cash award in recognition of his achievement and as a student who exemplifies the DAR good citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Ari is the son of Danny Lichtenfeld and Paulina Essunger of Brattleboro and is a senior at Brattleboro Union High School.

Senior students from any and all accredited Vermont high schools are eligible to compete in the Good Citizen Scholarship Contest via local DAR Chapters. Essays and credentials are independently judged by non DAR judges and winners from each of the sponsoring chapters advance to the state level of judging. State first place winners advance to the Northeast Division level and the eight division level winners to the national level where a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a female and a male high school senior. The Good Citizen scholarship is awarded without preference to or regard of race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.



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