Jonathan AdamsNijabia Elizabeth ThomasJay Trenton Benard

Three area students receive DAR Good Citizen Awards

Fort Massac Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the America Revolution, NSDAR, has presented the Good Citizen Award to Jonathan Adams, a senior at Joppa High School; Jay Trenton Benard, a senior at Massac County High School; and Nijabia Elizabeth Thomas, a senior at Meridian High School in Mounds.

In order to be chosen for this award, a student must possess dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

The suggested procedure for selecting a DAR Good Citizen is for the faculty to choose three seniors who have demonstrated in an outstanding way the qualities of a good citizen. From these three students, each senior class at each of the high schools selects one student.

The selection procedure is flexible, but only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen. To participate in the DAR Good Citizenship scholarship contest, the chosen student from each high school then completes an application, part of which includes writing an essay in two hours on an assigned topic.

The assigned topic this year was “Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?” No research or reference materials are allowed. A faculty member serves as proxy for the writing of the essay.

The essays are then evaluated by non-DAR judges and submitted for competition at the district and state levels. Adams, Benard and Thomas each read their essay at the monthly meeting of Fort Massac NSDAR in April.

Janet Maggio, a member of the Fort Massac NSDAR Good Citizen Award committee, presented Adams, Benard and Thomas each with a certificate and a pin, commemorating their achievements. In addition to the certificate, Maggio presented each winner with a check for $100 for his or her college education.

Rita Park, chairperson of the Fort Massac NSDAR Good Citizen Award committee, said: “We’re proud of the winners of our Good Citizen Award and are impressed by each one’s essay.”

Fort Massac NSDAR annually presents the Good Citizen Award to area high school seniors. It promotes the preservation of history and genealogy and supports and recognizes veterans.

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