NCHS Student Receives DAR Good Citizen Award

Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter Regent Diane Wells with DAR Good Citizen award winner, and Committee Chair Barbara McNulty.
Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter Regent Diane Wells with DAR Good Citizen award winner, and Committee Chair Barbara McNulty.
Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter, NSDAR, presented the DAR Good Citizen award for New Canaan High School to the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Serena on December 9, 2013.  Their daughter was chosen because she is very active in school and in our community, giving her full commitment and dedication, working with both the youth and elderly.  She is a senior leader in two youth groups and volunteers with NCHS Charity Link Club, and the New Covenant House of Hospitality.  She is President of the New Canaan Youth Adult Partnership Board, a community service organization whose mission is to provide community activities for youth and the elderly. In addition to organizing fund-raisers, she enjoys getting together with her friends on the board to run the annual YAPD “Senior Prom” at a local nursing home. She is also on the production team of the weekly NCHS News program, and has volunteered to take a leading role in the Names Can Really Hurt anti-bullying program at NCHS. She was a dedicated and spirited varsity cheerleader for three years, is currently a coach for the NCHS Youth Cheerleading Team and is also the president of the NCHS French Club.

The DAR Good Citizen award and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of a good citizen. It is open to a male or female senior class student. Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s DAR Good Citizen. The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality); service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others); leadership (which includes personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) to an outstanding degree.

The student is then eligible, if he/she wishes, to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. It consists of two parts. Part 1 (Personal) (70%) consists of the student describing how he/she has tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen. It is submitted along with their official grade transcript and two letters of recommendation. Part II (Essay) (30%) is administered under the supervision of a faculty member. Each contest entry is evaluated by independent, non-DAR judges. The winning entry is advanced through state and national levels of judging.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation's children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 175,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of the Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter located in New Canaan visit www.newcanaandar.org or the national society visit www.DAR.org


Tony Phillips, LCSW January 07, 2014 at 11:03 PM
Great choice! Congratulations Lauren! I am proud to have worked alongside you.


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