The Lycoming Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will announce the 2013-14 Good Citizen at the March 11 meeting, held at the Women's Club, 414 Walnut St.
A member of the senior class from each of the participating high schools was selected by their peers based on their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The students then had the option to participate in the DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest. The contest consists of two parts. Part 1 is their involvement in the community, activities at school, extracurricular activities, future plans, education and career goals, plus describing how the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen are important to them and how they've tried to exhibit those qualities in their lives and relationships with others. Part 2 is to write an essay, which the title was announced to them at the time of the writing. The students must also submit two letters of reference and provide their grade transcripts.
Three non-DAR judges grade all the information and essays.
This years' candidates are: Alyssa Gregory, St. John Newmann Regional Academy; Alanna Harding, Williamsport Area High School; Jennifer Lynn Jackson, South Williamsport High School; Janelle Lynn Konkle, Montoursville Area High School; Alexa Giovanna Martin, Loyalsock Township High School; Melanie E. Santo, Hughesville High School; and Hannah Umpstead, Montgomery Area High School.
Cris Gansell-Whitcomb, Good Citizen chairperson, will introduce the winning student and their parents, who will be guests at the Chapter luncheon. The student will receive a certificate, pin and wallet card. The $100 award will be presented at that time by Whitcomb and Chapter Regent Marilee Sholtis.
The winning essay has been sent on for evaluation at the state level. The winner at that level will receive at least $250 and a special DAR Good Citizen pin and certificate. If successful, it will move on to the national level, where the winner will be invited to Washington, D.C. to attend DAR's Continental Congress and will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, an inscribed silver bowl and certificate.
The other six Good Citizens will receive certificates, pins and wallet cards plus $25 monetary awards from the Lycoming Chapter.