El Toyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR) recently recognized 15 students from area high schools. This program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship, which are dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, and is open to accredited public or private secondary schools who are in good standing with their state boards of education.
Each school may honor one graduating senior per year as a DAR good citizen who is then eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens Scholarship contest consisting of two parts.
— Personal: Consists of the student describing how he/she has tried to manifest qualities of a good citizen and is submitted together with a copy of an official grade transcript and two letters of recommendation — one from a close adult associate (other than family), and the other from a school faculty member.
— Essay: The topic given and administered under the supervision of faculty or DAR member. It must be completed at one sitting, within a two-hour time limit, and without assistance or reference materials. Each entry is evaluated by independent, non-DAR judges with the winning entry advanced through state and national levels of judging.
This year’s winners are Kimberly Huynh, of Merrill F. West High School in Tracy, first place; Pearl Rivers, of Escalon High School, second place; and Gordon Wong, of Tokay High School, third place. Other honored students were from Stockton, Bear Creek High School, Edison HighSchool, Lincoln High School, Ronald E. McNair High School, St. Mary’s High School, Lodi Academy, Lodi High School, Tracy High School, Bret Harte High School, Galt High School, Linden High School and Sierra High School.
Retired Senator Patrick Johnston was the principal speaker and special guest was Beverly Moncrieff, district II director, CSSDAR.