Gracioso wins DAR Silver Outstanding Cadet medal

Susan Jackson, Regent Seneca Chapter; C/CMsgt Colton Gracioso; Cynthia Schwab, National VC Northeastern Division - National Defense

FINGER LAKES — In a special ceremony, Seneca Chapter presented the 2021 Silver Outstanding Cadet medal to C/CMsgt Colton Gracioso, formerly of Penn Yan. Also recognized was the 2020 award recipient, T/Sgt Misty Hall. Cadet Hall and Cadet Gracioso, members of the Canandaigua Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, were recognized at their Unit Banquet, Dec. 15 at Kings Catering in Canandaigua.

C/CMsgt Colton Gracioso
T/Sgt Misty Hall

In 2013, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution authorized the National Defense Committee to award the Silver Outstanding Cadet medal to recognize a cadet that has distinguished himself or herself through outstanding leadership, honor, service, courage, and patriotism.

The Silver Outstanding Cadet medal is awarded for exceptional performance. In 2020, 7 medals were awarded to New York State cadets. Ten cadet awards were given by chapters representing the Northeast District states. Throughout our Society’s organization that includes chapters in the United States and chapters overseas from Australia to the United Kingdom, 309 awards were given.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at, and