The Black Partridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored six area high school seniors at their award program held February 11, 2019. Each of them received the Good Citizen Award. The students were chosen by their high school for their qualities of good character which the DAR emphasize as being dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. After they are chosen they fill out a cover page, send a copy of their grades, write about their high school activities, their service to their community, their future plans, their extracurricular activities, and how they fill the four qualities of a DAR good citizen. Then in a two-hour session they are to write no more than 550 words on this topic, "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It." The focus question was, "What new challenge will America face as we move forward into the future?"
Each student counselor sends these papers along with two recommendations back to our DAR Chapter. The six students are judged by three judges that are non-DAR members. One winner from this group of six students' papers is forwarded to the District Good Citizen Chairman. Our chapter winner was Garret Piasse from Fieldcrest High School the son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Piasse. He plans to achieve a degree in Public Health Administration.
Other area Good Citizen winners were Jaycie Schertz from El Paso/Gridley High School and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Johnathan Schertz. She plans to study agriculture communications. Olivia Wright is from Metamora Township High School the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Wright. She plans to attend the University of Iowa and has been accepted into the College of Business. Kate Blunier is from Eureka High School the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Blunier. She plans to pursue either actuarial science or financial accounting. Sydney Heston from Lowpoint-Washburn High School the daughter of Sunna Brown. She is enlisted into the Army National Guard and plans to go to college after her military training and become an elementary education teacher. Lea Gross is from Roanoke-Benson High School the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerod Gross. She plans to earn her bachelor's degree in creative writing.
Karen Fyke from Eureka, Illinois was awarded the Community Service Award. Karen is very active in the Woodford County Historical Society and the American Sewing Guild. She has promoted the importance of the past and the arts. She is now working on a book about the one room schoolhouses in Woodford County.
Rev. John Rothfusz was the speaker for the event. He is the Pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church in Washington, IL. Pastor John highlighted our United States government working for the good of all its citizens. He encouraged the students to examine all sides of issues and make the best possible choices through life.
The Black Partridge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution wish to thank the parents, counselors, teachers, and others for making this a very special day for our Good Citizen Award winners.
Back row: Garret Piasse, Olivia Wright, Jaycie Schertz. Front row: Pastor John Rothfusz, Lea Gross, Sydney Heston, Karen Fyke, absent Kate Blunier