DAR recognizes Good Citizens of the Year applicants


The Fort Vallonia Daughters chapter of the American Revolution recently held a virtual meeting to honor the candidates for the 2020 Good Citizens of the Year contest for county schools in lieu of the banquet which was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

The four nominees and their schools are Katherine E. Benter, Brownstown Central High School; Erin Enzinger, Trinity Lutheran High School; Jaylen A. Spence, Medora High School; and Gavyn Stagnolia, Seymour High School.

Benter wound up winning the contest and her application papers were forwarded to the Indiana District Good Citizen Committee chairperson. The winning entry was submitted to judges at the D.A.R. Indiana District level.

The scholarship program recognizes outstanding young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools and communities. The program is open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of education.

The contest has two parts. Part one is personal achievement and activities in school, church, community and future plans while part two involves writing an essay. Entries are evaluated and scored by two to three educators in an out-of-county high school.

Diana Ray, Fort Vallonia D.A.R. regent, conducted the honor program via Zoom with members and contestants.

Each contestant read their essay to the group. Contestants received monetary compensation, a D.A.R. Good Citizen Pin and certificate.

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