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LOCAL BRIEFS: DAR essay winners, help for pet owners, Francee Sherman Award

DAR honors four high school seniors

The Joseph McDowell Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recognized four high school seniors for their citizenship at a virtual chapter meeting on Feb. 12. Awards went to Guadalupe Aguilar-Gaona of Henderson County Early College, Gracie Milner of Hendersonville High School, Sarah Monoson of West Henderson High School and Jordan Reaves of North Henderson High School. The topic for this year’s essay was: How do the combined actions of so many good citizens keep our nation moving forward?

The winners also participated in extracurricular activities, contributed to the community, demonstrated preparation for college and exemplified the qualities that make a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Each winner received a $50 check, a pin and a certificate. The Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Essay contest was created in 1934 by a resolution of the DAR Continental Congress. To date, more than 6,000 students have participated in the program.

Humane Society offers help for pet owner housing

Blue Ridge Humane Society has been awarded a grant by the Community Foundation of Henderson County to provide assistance for pet owners seeking housing. Blue Ridge Humane Society is committed to keeping pets in loving homes through a range of programs and assistance for community pets. The new program adds a needed service to assist in the current pet-friendly housing challenges facing Henderson County residents.

The new program will assist pet owners by assisting with temporary boarding cost while the owner is unable to keep an animal due to relocation or other emergency circumstances or by making a one-time pet deposit for a rental unit. Those needing assistance or interested in learning more may call (828) 393-5832.

League accepting applications for Francee Sherman Award

The Henderson County League of Women Voters is now accepting applications for the Francee Sherman Student Award. The annual $500 student award is named for Francee Sherman, the first president of the Henderson County league. It is given to a senior enrolled in a public school, domiciled in Henderson County and on track to graduate in the current school year. Applications and instructions may be found at Deadline to apply is March 31.