Warrior Rivers Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) announced the 2020 DAR Good Citizen Award winners at a reception held Jan. 21 at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The winning students, their family members, and school counselors were guests of honor at the reception and pinning ceremony.
Counselors introduced the Good Citizens. Jane Longshore, DAR Good Citizen chairperson, said, “They are great role models for all students with their positive attitude and strong character. They are always courteous, respectful, and considerate of others. Constantly a positive role model, leading by example.” She noted their involvement in school, church, and community activities was very impressive, making this class of Good Citizens one of the best they have had.
Oneonta High School’s Rece Dobbs, (son of Aimee Wilson and Travis Dobbs) was selected by out-of-county, independent judges as the Blount County winner. Other school winners were Appalachian High School, Briar Fowler (son of Tim and Laura Hicks); Cleveland High School, Stephen Dean (son of Mike and Denise Dean); Hayden High School, Andrew Woodard (son of Danny and Sindy Woodard); Locust Fork High School, Hallie Fletcher (daughter of Patrick and Christina Fletcher); J.B. Pennington High School, Sabrina Jones (daughter of Jerry and Kristel Jones); Southeastern High School, Richard Payne (son of Richard Payne II); and Susan Moore High School, Trevor Black.
Winners were selected by their schools because they exhibit the qualities of dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality), service (cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others), leadership (personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility), and patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree.
The scholarship contest is composed of two parts. Part one is the student’s personal component (how they manifest the qualities of a good citizen, their official grade transcript, and two letters of recommendation). Part two is an essay contest. A topic is given to the student and he or she has two hours to write it using no reference materials.
This year’s essay was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It,” with the topic of “You and your peers are our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. How would you energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens? Why is that important?”
For more information about DAR, visit dar.org or phone Longshore at 205-274-8710.