Cleveland student wins DAR Good Citizen award



The seven nominees for this year’s DAR Good Citizen are (from left) Logan Benton, Jacob Gossett, Kevin Franks, Micah Smith, Kyle Fancher, Raul Gonzalez, and Christina Mize.

The seven nominees for this year’s DAR Good Citizen are (from left) Logan Benton, Jacob Gossett, Kevin Franks, Micah Smith, Kyle Fancher, Raul Gonzalez, and Christina Mize.


Warrior Rivers Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrates each new year with a reception to announce the Blount County winner of the Good Citizen contest.

This year’s unanimous winner is Micah Smith of Cleveland High School. Son of Keith and Mary Smith, Micah is president of his senior class, as well as the Beta Club and SGA, and is drummer for the CHS marching band. He received a 30 on his ACT and has received scholarship offers from both Auburn University and the University of Alabama. He plans to pursue an engineering degree.

Winner Micah Smith receives his pin.

Winner Micah Smith receives his pin.


Other nominees were Christina Mize of Appalachian High School, daughter of Cytha Kelley and Jeff Mize; Kevin Franks of Hayden High School, son of Mahlon and Marjorie Franks; Logan Benton of Locust Fork High school, daughter of Terry and Diane Benton; Raul Gonzalez of Oneonta High School, son of Raul and Idania Gonzalez; Jacob Gossett of J.B. Pennington High School, son of Joe and Karen Gossett; and Kyle Fancher of Susan Moore High School, son of Charles and Lorraine Fancher.

Micah and the other six nominees were chosen by their peers and faculty and were judged by out-of-town individuals. All are high school seniors who possess the good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. Each award is given on a merit basis after nominees have completed questionnaires and essays and have provided scholastic records and letters of recommendation.

The Warrior Rivers DAR Chapter is proud to continue the heritage of the Good Citizen program, created in 1934 as the DAR Good Citizenship Pilgrimage since state winners – all senior girls from four-year high schools – received a trip to Washington, D.C. The name was changed in 1952 to DAR Good Citizens Committee and the program was opened to both senior girls and boys.

DAR was founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for its children. The Warrior Rivers chapter invites all women who can prove lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution to become members. For information, call 205-372-9873.