The DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward 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 board of education.
Students selected must have qualities of dependability, which includes truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality; service, which includes cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others; leadership, which includes personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility; and patriotism, which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation, to an outstanding degree.
The Twin Forks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Brookville, is sponsoring this program, and three schools have participated in this award, according to member Martha Shea.
Megan Hensley is the Good Citizen from Franklin County High School; Brooke Siefert, Oldenburg Academy; and John Levi Byrd, Union County High School.
Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen. He or she receives a pin, certificate and medal. This student is then eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Contest. The topic chosen for the essay this year was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It. What does our past tell us about our future?” Byrd’s essay was selected for competition at the state level in 2015.
The DAR, 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 American’s future through better education for children.
DAR members volunteer more than 55,000 hours annually to veteran patients, award over $150,000 in scholarships and financial aid each year to students and support schools for the underprivileged with annual donations exceeding $1 million.