Kempf, Walker win Daughters of the American Revolution awards

Members of the Celilo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met March 18 at the Hood River Fire Station for their monthly club meeting, honoring two Hood River high school students in the process.

Hannah Kempf, senior at Horizon Christian, was the District 7 Good Citizenship Award winner. The scholarship contest was open to all high school seniors in Hood River and Wasco counties. Contest rules provided that entrants had two hours to write their papers after opening the envelope containing the essay question. Besides her essay on American history, Kempf had to submit teacher recommendations, grades and an activities listing to qualify for the award.

This is the first year the chapter has offered this award.

Abby Walker, sophomore at Hood River Valley High, won the District 7 American History Contest with an essay on life aboard Christopher Columbus’ ships. She is also the Oregon State and Regional essay winner, and will be presented with both awards at the Oregon DAR State Conference held in Wilsonville on May 16.

Her essay is currently being considered for the National contest in Washington, D.C.

The top three finishers will read their essays during the DAR Continental Congress in July.

Awards were presented by Chairman of the Good Citizen Committee Victoria Kelsey and Chairman of the American History Contest Barbara Menard. Celilo Chapter Regent Joni Walker — also Abby’s grandmother — led the meeting.

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