Nine county students honored as DAR Good Citizens

February 22, 2006|by JANET HEIM

It was pride and a renewed faith in the character of the current crop of high school seniors that brought close to 100 people to the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Feb. 15.

The annual Good Citizens Award Meeting and Tea, sponsored by the Antietam and Conococheague chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution, showcased the writing talents of nine Washington County high school seniors. Students had a timed period to write an essay on preserving American heritage.

One senior was chosen from each public high school and St. Maria Goretti High School as the DAR Good Citizen - all possessing the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.


The selection process varied from school to school. At Clear Spring High School, the staff nominated three students, then the senior class voted on who would get to write the timed essay.

At Smithsburg High School, teachers nominated 20 students to write essays on their own time, then one student was chosen to write the official DAR essay.

Charles Strong, the state's attorney for Washington County, was the speaker and reminded the students that "good choices become good habits, bad choices become bad habits. I see people in our community who do tremendous things - they make good choices," he said.

As co-chairs Marie Byers and Ruann George read portions of each student's essay, along with personal information on their activities, community service and plans for the future, it was clear that the next generation has much to offer. All of the students plan to attend college, and several have an interest in studying law or politics.

Other career paths of the students include teaching history or music, and studying nursing, physical therapy, athletic training or computer science. With involvement in student government, music, academic and athletic programs in high school, they all found time for community service, as well.

Each student recognized was presented with a pin, certificate and $75 U.S. Savings Bond. Following the award meeting, a tea was served to guests - including honored students, parents and other family members, school principals, guidance counselors and teachers and DAR members.

The nine Washington County students selected as DAR Good Citizens include:

  • Kevin P. McMahon, Boonsboro High School

  • Amber Jean Hendershot, Clear Spring High School

  • Jenae Nicole Trail, Hancock Middle/Senior High School

  • Thomas Paul Cochrane, North Hagerstown High School

  • Stephen M. McGinley, St. Maria Goretti High School

  • Amanda Julienne Boyer, Smithsburg High School

  • Jennifer Renee Ferenz, South Hagerstown High School

  • Dustin Michael McSherry, Washington County Technical High School

  • Laura Marie Forsythe, Williamsport High School
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