Pictured (L to R) Brianna Samonte, Emily Adams, Danya Hu and Nicolas Salvini were recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Courtesy photo
Pictured (L to R) Brianna Samonte, Emily Adams, Danya Hu and Nicolas Salvini were recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Courtesy photo

Compiled by Cathy Manso

The San Clemente Island Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution distributed awards to students who displayed dependability, leadership, patriotism and service to their community at Sarducci’s in San Juan Capistrano on March 12.

Danya Hu, of Dana Hills High School was among students who received the DAR Good Citizen Award.

Hu is a National Merit commended scholar, a nationally-ranked fencer, a medal winning pianist, violinist and writer. She tutors, plays music for nursing homes, writes for her school’s newspaper and hopes to someday teach and make a difference for others. Hu has medaled in more than 50 fencing tournaments throughout her high school career and has been recruited by Columbia University.

Emily Adams from Capistrano Valley High School, Nicolas Salvini from San Clemente High School and Brianna Samonte from San Juan Hills High School also received the Good Citizen Award.

For the past 60 years, DAR has recognized high school students for their outstanding efforts More than 500 students received recognition in California this year, along with 16,000 students nationwide.

The nonprofit DAR was founded in 1890 as a service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving American history. The more than 170,000 members nationwide volunteer more than 250,000 hours a year, and the organization maintains one of the nation’s largest genealogical libraries. The local chapter includes 120 members from all across south Orange County.

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