By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

DAR Good Citizens honored

DAR Good Citizens Meghann Ashey, Cara Brooks, and Rachel Byers were honored on Sunday, February 21, at Philadelphia Winn Chapter NSDAR, in Lawrenceville, Georgia.   

The Philadelphia Winn Chapter is proud to honor three DAR Good Citizens for 2016. Each was chosen by the faculty of her high school based on the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.  

The DAR Good Citizens program and optional scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. All three of these students elected to enter the scholarship contest and had excellent entries. Part I consists of the student’s list of activities, service, and leadership, and how he/she has tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen. This is submitted with a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation. Part II is a timed essay administered by a faculty member in a two-hour time limit, without assistance or reference materials. This year’s Essay Title: Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It. The Focus Question: Of our American rights and freedoms, which one would you choose to celebrate and why?  Each contest entry is evaluated by independent, non-DAR judges, and the chapter winner advances to the District level.

meghan a ret190Meghann Ashey

2016 DAR Good Citizen
Parkview High School
Meghann is the daughter of J.Philip and Julie E. Ashey
Lilburn, Georgia

Meghann’s scholastic activities include National Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Latin Honor Society.  She has held leadership roles in Parkview’s Chorus throughout high school, and she served as Parkview’s wrestling head manager.  She has also received several awards, including Governor’s Honors in 2015 with a vocal major.  Meghann has volunteered her time at Zoo Atlanta, with middle school chorus, and teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. 

Meghann’s future plans and goals are to attend St. Olaf Music Conservatory, pursue a degree in Music Choral Education, and teach middle school. 

Brooks C 29JUL15 053190Cara Elizabeth Brooks
2016 DAR Good Citizen
North Gwinnett High School
Cara is the daughter of Mark and Susan Brooks
Suwanee, Georgia

Cara’s activities include National Beta Club and Key Club, Chorus, Relay for Life Executive Board, and President of the North Gwinnett Equestrian Team. She has served on Student Council and as a Freshman mentor, volunteered with Special Needs students at NGHS, and served at First Presbyterian Atlanta Homeless Breakfast.

Cara will attend Emory & Henry College in Virginia next fall and will ride on their Equestrian Team. She has earned both an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship for riding, and she aspires to be an equestrian riding instructor. Cara’s mother, Susan Brooks,  was a DAR Good Citizen in her Senior year as well.  Needless to say, this award is very special to both mother and daughter! 

Rachel Byers190Rachel Lee Byers
2016 DAR Good Citizen
Loganville Christian Academy
Rachel is the daughter of Ed and Jan Byers
Loganville, Georgia

Rachel’s scholastic activities include National Beta Club and National Honor Society, and she has been a class officer at LCA for three years. Active in JV and Varsity Volleyball, Rachel is also an accomplished musician, earning a “Superior”  at the ACSI Piano Festival in 10th grade. She is a math tutor, small group leader for her church, and performs piano recitals for assisted living homes. 

Rachel plans to major in Communication Studies and minor in Political Science at UGA, followed by Law School. Her dream is to work in a district attorney’s office as a prosecuting attorney, work in Government in Washington, DC, and run for a state office.

Each DAR Good Citizen winner will receive a certificate signed by the President General of the NSDAR and the Georgia State Regent, as well as a DAR Good Citizen pin, cash award, and a one year subscription to American Spirit Magazine.

A “George Washington Tea” is being planned for the event.

For more information regarding the Philadelphia Winn Chapter of the NSDAR, please visit our website at:
http://philadelphiawinn.blogspot.com/