Marking a New Tradition of Recognition

Principal Chris Duddy and Gloria Padach with El Morro student award winners.

 The Patience Wright Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution completed their pilot program for elementary school awards with a presentation at El Morro Elementary last week. 

Excellence in American history awards were presented to the following fifth grade students: Kasey Karkoska and Adam Armstrong of Melissa Martinez’s class; Jaden Cloobeck and Marisa Schatz of Christy Montes’ class; CJ Boyd and Bianca Brock of teacher Greg Togowa’s class; and Nicolas Carpino and Isabel Mansour of teacher Jay Williams’ class.

With 19 student winners throughout Laguna and support from staff at El Morro, Top of the World and St. Catherine of Siena, DAR plans to make the awards an annual event. 

This fall DAR will also inaugurate a good citizenship award for middle school students from grades six through eight. This award will be based on the student’s dependability, service, leadership and interest in family, school, community and nation.

Program chairman Gloria Padach already issues awards to high school students for citizenship and history scholarship. To fund the expanding awards program, DAR is holding a raffle and will announce winners at the Farmers’ Market on Nov. 12. Tickets can be purchased by writing to [email protected]. Prizes include a weekend stay for six people at a luxury condo, jewelry, Sapphire Laguna meal, and tickets to South Coast Repertory. For more information, see

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