PREBLE COUNTY — Commodore Preble Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship program in the Preble County high schools each year.
DAR is a non-political women’s service organization whose mission is historic preservation, education, and patriotism. The Good Citizens program, created in 1934, recognizes and rewards high school seniors who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.
All five Preble County high schools participated in the 2019-20 DAR Good Citizens Program by designating a senior who demonstrates the good citizen qualities promoted by DAR.
Four of the five seniors elected to participate in the essay portion of the program.
Good Citizens representatives from area high schools are: Eaton High School — Rebecca Kay Wright, daughter of Beth and Bryan Wright; National Trail High School — Abigail Rodefer, daughter of Melissa and Andy Rodefer; Tri County North Local Schools — Alec Wayman son of Jamie and Steve Wayman; Twin Valley South High School — Logan Tyler Ulrich, son of Danielle and Dr. John Ulrich; Preble Shawnee Jr./Sr. High School — Pierce Elliott son of Genie and Don Elliott.
Rebecca Wright, Rodefer, Ulrich, and Elliott participated in the Good Citizens essay competition.
Wright was the essay contest winner and Ulrich was the runner up.
The title of this year’s essay was: “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The focus question: “You and your peers are our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. How would you energize America’s youth to engage as effective citizens? Why is that important?”
According to organizers, the essays submitted “were thoughtfully composed and reflected the outstanding character of the students.”