Wednesday, April 27, 2011
L to R: Kourtney Nicole Gore from West Brunswick High School. & Alexia Brooke Shank from North Brunswick High School; missing from photo Mackensie Pless, from South Brunswick High School
Each year the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution present awards to high school seniors who meet the criteria to receive the prestigious “Good Citizen Award.” The students who are selected must have the following qualities: dependability, which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality; leadership indicating cooperation, self-control, ability to assume responsibility; and patriotism demonstrating service and an unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation.
DAR Good Citizen Chair, Pat Gooding presented awards to three outstanding students from West, North and South Brunswick High Schools at the April 13th DAR meeting held at the Atlantic Seafood & Steak Restaurant in Southport, NC.
The DAR Good Citizens Scholarship Contest consists of two parts. Part I students describe how they have achieved being a good citizen. This part is submitted with a copy of an official grade transcript and two letters of recommendation. High School activities and areas of special interest, as well as how their efforts to serve their community have been effective or have made a difference are included. They must submit future plans, education and career goals as well as aspirations in life. The contestants must include extracurricular activities. They must explain why they feel the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen; Dependability, Service, Leadership and Patriotism are important and how they have tried to exhibit those qualities in their life and in their relationships with others. Part II is an essay written during a two hour session without the use of any reference materials. This year’s topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for preserving it: What is the Greatest Challenge We Face in America Today?”
The instructions for the essay state that the essay must be written in the presence of a faculty member or DAR member within a two-hour time limit. Each school elected to have a school counselor preside over writing of the essay. The title of the essay is not revealed to the student until that time. The essay is to be no longer than 500 words in length and be hand written. No reference materials are allowed to be used. Neatness, legibility, originality and historical accuracy are considered during the judging.
Judging took place in January. The judges were 3 former school teachers, one of which is a former DAR Good Citizen. Students from West Brunswick and North Brunswick attended our April meeting to receive their DAR Good Citizen certificates and pins. Each student will also receive a $100 savings bond.
The three seniors who were chosen the “DAR Good Citizen” were Kourtney Gore from West Brunswick High School. Mackensie Pless, from South Brunswick High School. and Alexia Shank from North Brunswick High School.
Kourtney Gore’s volunteer experiences Include: organization of several community service projects. Her extracurricular actives include: Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Mrs. West Brunswick Superlative, Homecoming Princess, yearbook editor, All-0Country Chorus and softball.
Mackensie Pless’s volunteer experiences include: church activities, historical reenactments, service clubs and artistic events. Her extracurricular activities include: high school band, Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Brunswick County Teen Court, National Art Honor Society, International Studies Club, North Carolina Governor’s School, Invisible Children Organization. Go to www.invisiblechildren.com for information on the organization.
The student selected to have the application and essay sent to the District IX competition was Alexia Shank, a student from North Brunswick High School. Her volunteer experiences include: Stuff the Bus, the blood drive, nursing home volunteer, volleyball, cheerleading, study abroad.
Extracurricular Activities include Key Club, Student Government, National and French Honor Societies, prom committee, tutoring, TIME (Tobacco is My Enemy), yearbook business manager and homecoming court.
The judging took place in January. The judges were 3 former school teachers, one was a former DAR Good Citizen. Each of these students attended the April meeting to read their essays. At that time they were presented with their DAR Good Citizen certificates and pins. They will also receive a $100 savings bond at the end of the second semester.
Posted by Southport, North Carolina at 9:15 AM
On April 13, 2011 The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Essay Contest Awards to three students. Doris N. Thompson, American history chair, presented the awards and medals to three students of Smith Home School in Brunswick County. The siblings are: Brittany Smith grade 5. Her essay was about “Memoirs of Paul Revere.” The Essay winner from grade 9 was Cordell Smith and grade 11 was Brandon Smith. Their topic was “Lessons from Christopher Columbus’ Life."
Posted by Southport, North Carolina at 8:56 AM
On April 13, 2011 The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held an awards luncheon at the Atlantic Seafood & Steak Restaurant in Southport, NC.
The program was held in recognition of the student winners of the group’s Junior Officer Training Corp (JROTC) scholarship awards. The purpose of JROTC is "to instill in students in [United States] secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. The young women who received the DAR, JROTC award had to demonstrate academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership and the fundamental and patriotic understanding of the importance of the Reserve Officer Training Corp.” Trudy Tanzillo, Chairman of National Defense Committee, introduced the award winners: Emily Miller, December Dawn Martin and Tammi Wright.
Emily Miller is a 9th grade student from South Brunswick High School. She is a member of JROTC Drill Team and the school Softball Team.After graduating from college, Emily plans to work with the Veteran's Administration. Dawn Martin is a senior at West Brunswick High School. She is member of the JROTC, National Honor Society and the Theatre club. Her future plans are to attend BCC for two years then transfer to UNCW to obtain a degree in business. Tammi Wright is a senior at North Brunswick High School. She is a JROTC Supply Officer (S-4), member of the National Honor and French Honor Societies. She plans to attend BCC then pursue a career in nursing.
Posted by Southport, North Carolina at 8:51 AM