Students earn Good Citizen awards
Published 9:02 am Friday, January 20, 2012
By MOLLY DUETT
Two special high school seniors were awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award on Wednesday.
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At Bainbridge High School, the winner was Quiana Childs, and at Grace Christian Academy, the winner was Stephanie Mills. DAR Representative Carolyn Pierce presented each student with a DAR Good Citizen pin, which represents the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
“I’m very excited and I was surprised,” Mills said. “I’m glad they chose me.”
At Grace Christian Academy, the winner was selected after four nominees were nominated by the faculty. Each wrote an essay about why citizenship was important and what she felt the qualities of good citizenship were, and those essays were used to determine the winner.
Bainbridge High School had the faculty select four nominees. When that process was completed, the senior class then voted on a winner. The winner then submitted an essay on the same topic. Both winners from Grace Christian Academy and Bainbridge High School go on to have their essays compete in a district competition.
In her essay, Childs wrote about how there was a difference between the Revolutionary-War-era citizens’ idea of responsibility, compared to how some citizens feel in today’s society.
“It seems like we gave more responsibility and dedication to our country then, and now it seems more toned down,” Childs said. “We need to show a little bit more respect towards people.”