Tribune staff reports

A Crothersville High School senior was named Jackson County’s DAR Good Citizen of the Year during a recent program at Jackson Masonic Lodge 146 in Seymour.

Judges from another county chose Mackenzie Farmer, daughter of Ed and Kristie Farmer, as the overall winner out of Good Citizens selections from the county’s five high schools.

The other candidates were Amanda Stuckwisch, Brownstown Central High School; Kiana Thompson, Medora High School; Daniel Hauersperger, Seymour High School; and Seth Patterson, Trinity Lutheran High School. Each of them was named Good Citizens of his or her respective schools.

The five candidates and their families, along with members of Fort Vallonia Chapter, National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, attended the dinner and awards presentation.

Farmer’s name was forwarded to the Indiana State DAR for further consideration.

The chapter honored all five of the candidates for being selected to represent their schools.

One of the requirements for the awards was for each student to write an essay on the topic “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: What Does Our Past Tell Us About Our Future?” All five students read their essays during the gathering.

The other requirements were a review of each student’s qualities of good character with an emphasis on dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their schools and communities and scholarship.

Each student received a pin, a certificate and a wallet card indicating they are the DAR Good Citizen from their school and a small award from the Fort Vallonia chapter.

The DAR Good Citizen program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools.

The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution is a nonprofit volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education. The organization’s motto is “God, Home and Country.”

The planning committee for the competition and the dinner meeting included Good Citizens committee members Elizabeth Helwig (chapter vice regent), Mary Miller, Juanita VonDielingen and Billie Wintin.