The Chuquatonchee Chapter of the DAR has awarded Kristen Marsh its top honor for her grades in American history at Houston High School.
Marsh earned the chapter’s Outstanding Work in American History Award with a 98.4 grade in the subject.
“She has worked hard to earn that grade and we wanted to recognize this accomplishment,” said Betty Atkinson, DAR American History chairman. “Our country’s history is so important and we want to reward students who do well.”
Marsh said history is not her favorite subject, but she does recognize its value.
“History is always interesting to me and we really do learn a lot from it,” said Marsh. “I like history because it is like a story. It’s not math numbers or science formulas or English diagramming sentences. It’s alive and we can apply it to things happening today.”
Marsh said she doesn’t have a particular era or culture that she likes the most.
“I have to study to do well in history,” said Marsh. “It’s a lot of reading and a lot of work for me.”
Marsh said she hopes to attend college at Mississippi State University but has not determined a major. Marsh is the daughter of Rick and Mary Alice Marsh of Houston.
Marsh thanked her history teacher Cathy Spencer.
“Mrs. Spencer always makes history interesting,” said Marsh. “Her class is one of the fun ones I have.”
Atkinson said the DAR is a strong supporter of American History and has been presenting this award for more than 20 years.
“We like to showcase American history every February,” said Atkinson. “We are concerned with the way American history is being taught in some schools in our country. Our history and our Constitution really do matter.”
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer more than 60,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding one million dollars.
As one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the country, DAR boasts 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters across the United States and internationally. Any woman 18 years or older-regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership.
The Chuquatonchee Chapter, Mississippi State Society, of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution is headquartered in Houston.