Scottsdale DAR chapter earns awards at state conference

Scottsdale-chartered Grand Canyon Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution presented debutantes and received state and southwest division American History Committee and Special Education Teacher awards at the 113th conference of the Arizona State DAR, held May 6-9 at Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale.

Chapter debutantes included Tracy Paulsen, daughter of Don Paulsen and stepdaughter of Honorary Regent Katie Paulsen of Scottsdale, and Madeline and Samantha Stanford, granddaughters of long-time Town of Paradise Valley resident Ann Wood.

In addition to their relationship to chapter members, DAR debutantes, ages 18-21, show outstanding leadership, scholarship and community service in their high schools and colleges.

As a symbol of their introduction to DAR, the debutantes were presented copies of their society applications by National Society DAR President General, Lynn Forney Young.

Chapter American History Essay Contest winners who gained state and division level awards at conference include: Tommy Johnson, fifth-grade chapter winner at Adams Traditional School, who achieved both state and southwest division awards for his grade level; Grace Taylor, student at Cocopah Middle School who won the state award for the eighth-grade contest; and Kamren Gilbard of Chaparral High School, winner at the chapter and state levels for her Christopher Columbus Essay Contest entry.

Karen Riccobono, of Desert Canyon Middle School and chapter honoree of the Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award, took home the state award in this category.

Chapter junior members, ages 18-35, also held a raffle at the conference Junior Shoppe Table to raise money and support the DAR Helen Pouch Memorial Fund, proceeds of which are donated to DAR-sponsored schools to pay teachers’ salaries and buy school supplies.

Membership in DAR, a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer organization, is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal descent from a Revolutionary War patriot.

The next Grand Canyon chapter meeting is Sept. 5. The focus will be Constitution Week and will feature program speaker Jared Blanchard, attorney with the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation.

Guests are welcome. For reservations contact regent Kathy Shields at 602-820-5427 or

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