special to The Blount Countian
Seven students from the high schools in Blount County have been presented DAR Good Citizen awards for 2011 by the Warrior Rivers Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Recipients, listed with their high schools, are Vanessa Denny, J.B. Pennington; Kayle Dickie, Appalachian; Samuel Colunga, Susan Moore; Travis Sims, Oneonta; Nathan Adams, Hayden; Luke Awtrey, Cleveland; and Jessica Goss, Locust Fork. These students were selected by faculties and peers for exhibiting dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their schools and communities.
Oneonta senior Travis Sims took top honors, judged to be the Blount County DAR Good Citizen. His application and written essay were selected by out-of-town judges to be this year’s best, making him the county winner.
Introduction of winners took place Jan. 27 at a meeting and reception of the Warrior Rivers DAR chapter at the Woodmen of the World building in Oneonta. Jane Longshore, chairperson of the good citizen committee for Warrior Rivers, announced the county winner, and high school counselors introduced the seven school winners. All present were proud of the winners and feel they are representative of the outstanding quality of young people in Blount County.
“In addition to exemplary qualifications of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism,” says Longshore, “each winner has expressed a sincere love for and desire to help their fellow man. Through the service these Good Citizens have already rendered, it is clear they are already on the service path. They accept the responsibility to make the world a better place for humankind.”
She stressed, “We are blessed to have young people of this quality in Blount County to sustain the ideals of our nation’s founders.”
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (dar.org), founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. DAR members have traced their lineage back to soldiers of the American Revolution.
The Warrior Rivers chapter was organized in 1972. Prospective members are welcome to attend meetings. For more information, contact Jane Longshore at 274-8710.