Good Citizen Awards presented by Samuel Doak Chapter NSDAR

From left, Grainger High School Counselor Jill Denton, Ronna Yates and her daughter Neely Yates, whose essay will go to state, Lane Ripley and her mother Tammy Ripley, and Samuel Doak Chapter Registrar Barbara Baker.

The Good Citizen Awards, presented by the Samuel Doak Chapter of the National Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution, were presented recently to Lane Ripley and Neely Yates.

Lane Ripley attends Morristown-Hamblen West High School and is the daughter of Tammy Ripley. Neely Yates attends Grainger High School and is the daughter of Jim and Ronna Yates.

Samuel Doak Chapter Registrar Barbara Baker presented the awards in the absence of the Samuel Doak Chapter Chairman of the Good Citizen Awards Committee, Kay Senter. Emily Rowland, daughter of Russell and Tammy Rowland, who attends Morristown-Hamblen East High School, and who was also a winner, was unable to attend.

Ripley and Yates read their essays to the Samuel Doak Chapter members at the chapter DAR meeting and they were awarded framed certificates, pins, and $50 checks. Yates’ essay has been chosen to be sent to the Tennessee State DAR and if a winner at that level, her essay will go on to the National DAR level for completing.

The essay title was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it.” The focus question was, “You and your peers are our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. How would you energize America’s youth as effective citizens? Why is that important?” The essay had to be written in the presence of a faculty or DAR member within a two-hour time limit and could be no longer than 550 words (title included). The word count had to be located at the end of the essay. No reference material other than a dictionary could be used.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. The students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen, the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay. Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen.