Lynnhaven Parish Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, presented its Good Citizen Awards yesterday at the Francis Land House.
The Daughters of the American Revolution in 1934 established a committee to recognize and reward the qualities of good citizenship among high school seniors.
The program is open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of education.
The qualities of a DAR good citizen are patriotism, dependability, leadership skills and provide a service through cooperation and responsibility.
And if that’s not enough, they also have to write a essay, with no prior knowledge of the topic.
The topic for this year’s DAR Good Citizen competition was, “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for preserving it. Specifically focusing on how America Advanced the Cause of Freedom in the rest of the world.”
There were four finalists were:
Kayleesue Currier of Green Run High School.
Shania Monique Sanderson of Green Run Collegiate.
Delaney Trae Larkin of Kempsville High School.
Holly Amanda Leonard of Landstown High School.
Each school’s DAR Good Citizen received a DAR Good Citizen pin, certificate and wallet recognition card.
The essay contest winner was Delaney Trae Larkin, who received a $500 scholarship from the Lynnhaven Parish. Her essay now goes on to the District 1 DAR Good Citizen chairman to be considered for an additional scholarship.
These very talented young students were chosen by the Lynnhaven Parish’s Good Citizen Committee, headed by Chairman Darlene Nelson.
Kristina Deluise is the Lynnhaven Parish Chapter's historian.
Courtesy image, left to right: DAR Lynnhaven Parish Chapter Chairman Darlene Nelson, Holly Leonard, Delaney Larkin, Kayleesue Currier, Shania Sanderson and DAR Regent Sheila Brady.