Daughters of the American Revolution fetes five ‘Good Citizens’Published 5:49pm Thursday, December 17, 2009
By JOHN EBY
Five “Good Citizens” were introduced Monday afternoon at Cass District Library.
A future teacher, a college marching band member, a South Carolina horsewoman, a speech pathologist and a social worker if his dream of playing professional football doesn’t pan out, they are: Dawn Smith, Brandywine High School, Niles; Cody Cox, Dowagiac Union High School; Katie Kopf, Edwardsburg High School; Vincent Sheetz, Marcellus High School; and Steven Eleazer, Ross Beatty High School, Cassopolis.
Two other “Good Citizens,” Jessica Sherburn of Decatur High School and Micaela Burnett of Lawrence High School, were unable to attend.
Each December Capt. Samuel Felt Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognizes area high school seniors who excel in dependability, service, leadership and patriotism “to an outstanding degree,” chairwoman Sarah Essex said.
Good Citizens are chosen from the senior class of high schools nationwide.
“The DAR’s aim in this program is to stress the qualities of a good citizen among high school students,” Essex said. “The DAR recommends that the faculty choose three seniors who have demonstrated the qualities of a good citizen. From these three students, the senior class selects one, however, each school may use a method of its own for selection of a good citizen.”
The selected senior must collect two recommendation letters, a transcript, create an outline of information about him or herself and his or her school experiences.
Then the candidate must write a timed two-hour essay without assistance even from reference materials.
These packets of information are submitted to three non-DAR judges who select one of the Good Citizens whose essay advances to the state level for further competition.
“These young people seated here before you have demonstrated their dependability through truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality,” Essex said.
“They have shown their desire and ability to serve through cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others.
“Their leadership is evident in their personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility. Their patriotism shines through their unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation.”
Parents and grandparents’ “training, standards and support created and molded these young people – the foundations of our future,” Essex added.
Music was provided by the 25-member Marcellus High School Jazz Band, directed by Joe Lekan.
The Marcellus band recently performed at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. About a third of the student body plays in band, Lekan said.
The tea was hosted by Vice Regent Jane Wagel, Abigail Schten, Louise White and Ronni Seem.
DAR Regent Paula Johnson, a former history teacher, is president of the Marcellus school board.