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DAR Doña Ana Chapter recognizes outstanding teacher, student

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An outstanding educator and an exceptional student received accolades Dec. 4 from the Doña Ana Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the chapter’s annual Christmas tea in Las Cruces.

Deming high school student Arelys Delval received the DAR Good Citizens Award that includes a $100 prize. Madeline Sedillo, a teacher at Organ Mountain High School, received the Outstanding American History Teacher Award, which includes a Barnes & Noble gift certificate.

The DAR Good Citizens program recognizes outstanding young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools and communities. To achieve this award, recipients must exhibit dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality), service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility), leadership (personality, self-control, initiative) and patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals).

Delval is a senior at Deming Public Schools’ Early College High School (ECHS). Her letters of recommendation paint a picture of a driven young lady. Her plans are to finish her degree in nursing, then enroll in physician’s assistant school in Albuquerque. Delval is active in student council, ECHS’s Big Cat Little Cub and National Honor Society. She was also voted homecoming queen by her peers.

Sedillo was born in Belen and raised in Las Cruces. She has been teaching for nine years and has had a passion for history her whole life. Sedillo married her high school sweetheart and they have two children. She plans to use her gift certificate to buy a book for her classroom.

DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer organization of women who are passionate about history and education. To qualify for membership, applicants must present documented proof of descending from a patriot who participated in the American Revolution. Chapter registrars can help prospective members trace their lineage to qualify for membership.

For more information call Mary Lee Shelton at 575-644-5121.

Visit https://donaanadar.com/.