The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Program encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education. The students selected must have the qualities of dependability (including truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality); service (including cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others); and patriotism (including unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation). The faculty of each school chooses three seniors who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, these qualities of a good citizen. From these students, the senior class selects one student.
This year, the selected students attended the DAR meeting at the Governor Duncan’s Mansion on Tuesday, November 14 at 4:30 p.m. Students were served refreshments in the newly refurbished dining room and each received a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate and wallet recognition care. Each student told the group who they were and where they planned to go to school and what major they planned to pursue.
Students from this group may also enter the DAR Good Citizen scholarship contest consisting of two parts. First, the student describes how he/she has tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen. This is submitted with a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation. The second part is a timed essay to be administered under the supervision of a faculty or DAR member. It must be completed in one sitting, within a two-hour time limit without assistance or reference material. Each entry is evaluated by independent, non-DAR judges and the winning entry is advanced through state and national judging. Each state winner receives an award in the amount of at least $250. Each of the eight national division winners receives a cash award amount of $500. Two national winners will be invited to Washington, D.C., to attend Continental Congress and will be awarded $5,000 scholarships, inscribed silver bowls and certificates.
Caption: DAR Good Citizen awards were presented to the following high school seniors by DAR Good Citizen Chairperson Nancy Patterson: Kenneth Maxwell Schaad, Bluffs High School; Michael Lapa, Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD); Samuel Bradley Brockschmidt, Jacksonville High School; Brenan Pool, Triopia High School; Caleb N. Babb, Westfair Christian Academy; Carolyn Jo Wood, Franklin High School; Elizabeth Grace Whalen, Waverly High School; Madison Mae Lashmett, Winchester High School; and Kalleigh Burke, Routt Catholic High School.