Nine honored for good citizenship

March 26, 2007|by JANET HEIM

Nine role models of leadership and character recently represented their high schools at the Good Citizens Award Meeting and Tea. The event - co-sponsored by the Antietam and Conocheague chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution - was held in their honor at Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on March 21.

One senior was chosen from each public high school and St. Maria Goretti High School by their guidance counselor or school faculty as DAR Good Citizens. They were selected for their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Each student wrote an essay on "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It."

Eileen Renwick, of the Antietam Chapter, and Judith Hotsko, of the Conococheague Chapter, served as Good Citizen Tea chairpersons. Students were joined by family members and school representatives.

As the students were presented with their certificates, pins and $75 savings bonds, portions of their essays or the pieces they wrote about themselves were read aloud. Their achievements and career goals were then highlighted.


High academic standing, including several who are currently ranked first in their class, participation in sports, student government, honor societies, extracurricular school activities, drama and/or music, part-time jobs and volunteer work through church or other organizations were among the students' accomplishments.

All of the students plan to attend college, with career interests such as history, political science, pharmacy, engineering and homeland security.

"I feel more confident about the future, knowing our country is in good hands," Renwick concluded.

DAR Good Citizens

Students who received the DAR's Good Citizen Award:

· Amanda Bundick, Boonsboro High

· Emily Myers, Clear Spring High

· Tye Souders, Hancock Middle/Senior High

· Matthew Amalfitano, North Hagerstown High

· Sean Fitzgerald, St. Maria Goretti High

· Erika Jeter, Smithsburg High

· Jessica Meagher, South Hagerstown High

· Kandice Brown, Washington County Technical High

· Amy Matonak, Williamsport High

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