Darien student is DAR state essay contest winner

Connor McNamara (second from left) was accompanied by his father, John, brother Mark and mother, Christa, who serves on Darien’s Board of Education, when he received his award for winning the CTDAR statewide fifth grade essay competition at Matthies Hall last weekend.

Darien student Connor McNamara, son of Christa and John McNamara has won first place in the Connecticut State Daughters of the American Revolution fifth grade essay contest. Connor, a student at Royle School, was honored as Darien’s Good Wife’s River Chapter DAR Essay winner at a chapter reception in February of 2017. His essay was automatically entered into the state level contest. With over 45 DAR Chapters in Connecticut, Connor’s essay faced stiff competition. Connor’s mother serves on Darien’s Board of Education. 

Connor’s essay titled “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks,” describes the unparalleled beauty of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. His essay will now be entered into the NE Regional Society Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest.

Connor, his parents and brother, Mark were guests of the Darien DAR Chapter at the CT State Daughters of   Revolution Board of Management State luncheon held at Matthies Hall in Windsor, where Connor received his certificate and pin. 

Membership in the DAR is open to any woman who can trace her direct lineage to a Patriot whose last act was to give civil, patriotic or military service to the cause of American Independence during the Revolutionary War. For more information, call 203-656-0857.