Lady Knox honors area good citizens
On March 22, the Lady Knox Chapter held a ceremony for three Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens from area high schools.
The students and their families joined chapter members at the Cole House, the Educational Center for the Knox Museum in Thomaston. The seniors awarded certificates and pins were Benjamin Rollins from Isleboro Central School, Matthew Clark from Camden Hills Regional High School and Samantha Dienesch-Calamari from Oceanside High School East in Rockland.
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 high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of education. United States citizenship is not required.
The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the following qualities: dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.), service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.), leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.), and patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals).
In most schools the faculty chooses three seniors who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, these qualities of a good citizen. From these three students, the senior class selects one student. Each school may, however, use a method of its own choice. Each school may honor only one senior class student per year as their DAR Good Citizen.
Each school's DAR Good Citizen receives a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate, and wallet recognition card. This student is then eligible, if he/she wishes, to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest.
This year the Lady Knox Chapter winner for his essay on American Heritage was Matt Clark.