La PORTE — The Miriam Benedict Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently presented its 49th annual awards to the winners of the eighth grade American History final examinations at Boston and Kesling Middle Schools.

The NSDAR nationally sponsors excellence in education and in particular in the field of American History.

This was a bittersweet year as Boston Middle School will no longer house the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students and therefore it was an end of an era in Boston’s history. It will transition for the La Porte Community School Corp. for other educational designations. This next school year 2019-20, the LPCSC system will see all seventh and eighth graders attending the newly enlarged LPCSC Kesling Campus, under the name of the La Porte Middle School.

The U.S. history award winning students have been receiving this recognition for 49 years from the La Porte chapter. Each of the middle schools report their three top eighth grade students for the school year. They are given an official certificate from NSDAR for their outstanding work in American History, a DAR medal of honor and DAR pen/stylus. First place winners receive a check from the Miriam Benedict Chapter for $50.

At Boston the top three students were: First place, Emily Siefker; second place, Gretchen Amburgey; and third place to Ben Kish. These students named will be the final eighth grade Boston students to receive this honor.

At Kesling it was also a special year because there was a three-way tie for first place. The top first place winners were: Taylor Higley, Kyah Sturm and Tommy Samuelson.

The Miriam Benedict Chapter congratulates each of these students for their academic achievement; as well as their teachers, Bonnie DeWolf and Kristen Dodson of Boston and Rick Hise and Brenda Yuste of Kesling.

The NSDAR’s three main goals are: To promote patriotism, provide accurate and complete American history through education in our schools and to preserve monuments, buildings and artifacts that link the community to its American heritage. More than one-third of the local NSDAR committees are geared to perpetuate this work and support of American history in our schools K to 12th grade.

The week of Sept. 17-23 is “Constitution Week.” The national chapters in the DAR honor the writing of the U.S. Constitution and the signing of the document on Sept. 17, 1787. Gathered in Philadelphia for more than three months, 13 state delegates wrote this document with compromise and civil debate.

According to the DAR, the newly formed nation was entering into a new form of government. Americans had chosen a governmental system in which the power and direction would be put into the hands of the people.

DAR said Americans were given the right to voice opinions by voting, to be represented in both federal and state legislations, to limit the three branches of government by checks and balances and distribute power, with liberty, justice and equality.

The Bill of Rights followed up to provide the people with 10 basic personal rights, such as the right to disagree peacefully, have a form of re-dress to the federal government, freedom of choices under the law and to be personally protected. It started off with “We the People of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect Union do…..”

The Miriam Benedict Chapter supports the continued teaching of U.S. History and civics in the school systems.

Marianne Davison, local chapter chairperson for Committee Classroom, is available for classroom presentations on many topics and grade appropriate levels. Examples are: U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, citizenship rights, responsibilities and duties, the meaning behind our symbols of our flag, anthem, pledge, U.S. creed and more. Davison may be contacted at for programming and schedule dates. 

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