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Sampson wins essay contest

Published: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:09 p.m. CDT
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Christopher Sampson (second from right) was recognized for his outstanding essay at the Youth Luncheon hosted by the Princeton-Illinois DAR chapter on March 7. The essay has advanced to state judging with the winner announced on April 26. Also pictured are Diana Williamson (from left), DAR District Good Citizens essay chairman; Juanita Tarrence, DAR Chapter Good Citizens co-chairman; and his mother, Christine Sampson. Christopher attends St. Bede Academy.

PRINCETON — Christopher Sampson, a St. Bede Academy senior, won the Princeton-Illinois Chapter and also Division II Good Citizens essay contest, sponsored by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He is the son of Christine Sampson of Peru.

Sampson’s essay advanced to state judging where the winning essay will be announced at the Youth Luncheon on April 26 during the Illinois State DAR Conference in Bloomington. Monetary awards are given at the division and state levels.

The essay topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: How Does One’s Personal Heritage Affect One’s Duties to Our Nation?”

The Princeton-Illinois Chapter’s Good Citizens Project honors a senior selected by the members of the senior class and staff in each of the high schools in the Bureau-Marshall-Putnam area served by the Princeton chapter. These are Bureau Valley, DePue, Hall, Henry-Senachwine, LaMoille, Princeton, Putnam, Ohio and St. Bede.

Students named Good Citizens are judged by their peers and teachers on the basis of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The outstanding young people selected as Good Citizens were honored at a Youth Luncheon hosted by the Princeton chapter on March 7.

Sampson’s list of activities and accomplishments include the Interact Club, Student Government, Spanish Club, yearbook, Prom Committee, Stage Rats, food pantry, and several other St. Bede clubs and projects. On the honor roll every semester, he recently fulfilled a wish for a cancer-stricken young girl. He has participated on basketball, golf and track teams. For two years in a row, he received the St. Bede Academy Citizenship Award.

Sampson has also taken a leadership role in various projects involving St. Joseph Church, St. Margaret’s, Red Cross and YMCA Swim Team, among others. His school notes that “Following graduation he will attend a four-year university, studying either chemistry or biochemistry with plans on attending medical school.”

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