News from the Pond: DAR Good Citizens

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These are the winners in the Good Citizen /Essay contest held by the Dripping Springs Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. They were announced at the January meeting. From Left are: Mrs. Julia Floyd, Regent; Catherine Hoffpauir, West Point High School; Madalyn Olivia Williams, Good Hope High School; Kristen Nicole Hayes, Fairview High School; Evan Rainey, Holly Pond High School; Blake Spradlin, Cullman High School and Dr. Nancy Horton, Chapter Good Citizens Chairman.

Good morning Tribune readers and families. Hope you are enjoying this extreme cold, winter weather. Winter usually is the coldest after Christmas around here. I have heard older people say, they can always tell when it’s cold, because of their bones aching.

The Dripping Springs Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held a special meeting on Sunday, Jan. 6 at the First United Methodist Church, Cullman. This was the recognition program for high school seniors who have been selected by their schools as DAR Good Citizens. They were to submit grade transcripts, recommendations and their essays on “Our American Heritage and our Responsibility for Preserving It.” A participant was chosen from each of the schools in Cullman County, as well as Cullman High School and Saint Bernard.

A panel of three independent judges evaluated each entry and selected the winners. Each student was presented with a certificate and lapel pin in recognition of his or her accomplishments. The top two winners were presented with a check. The top winner also had their essay entered in the district competition.

Participants were: Catherine Hoffpauir, West Point High School; Madalyn Olivia Williams, Good Hope High School; Kristin Nicole Hays, Fairview High School; Evan Rainey, Holly Pond High School and Blake Spradlin, Cullman High School. Dr. Nancy Horton, Good Citizens chairman of the local chapter, read some of the winners’ essays.

Blake Spradlin of Cullman High School has been involved in the Student Government Association, is a member of the National Honor Society, the leadership team of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a volunteer at Grace Chapel Church, Cullman Caring for Kids and Margaret Jean Jones Center.

Miss Kristen Nicole Hays of Fairview has been in the top five of her class, she has always made all As and has received many of the Outstanding Achievement awards for individual classes. Her school activities include Key Club, marching band, student council; National Honors Society and Youth Leadership.

Miss Madalyn Olivia Williams, Good Hope High School, presented an essay about our country. She said no matter the opposition, the people of this country have stood ready to meet it. By using knowledge of the past, it is possible to predict what will affect the outcomes of the future.

Representing Holly Pond High School was Evan Michael Rainey. Evan has  been a part of Key Club for four years  and has completed many hours of community service. Evan feels that

helping others and assisting in programs that make a better life for people that are less fortunate. He plans to continue that effort in his future.

Fulton Joseph Gil, Saint Bernard Preparatory, was a participant in the Cullman Regional Junior Volunteer Program, was a peer tutor in the 12th grade, volunteered to help maintain the guest house for Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Florence and is a member of the National Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta was on the honor roll in the 11th grade.

Miss Catherine Hoffpauir, West Point High School said her mentor was her mother who has shown what it means to love others through the good times and the bad.

The overall Good Citizen winner was Evan Michael Rainey of Holly Pond. Blake Spradlin of Cullman High School was the Essay/Good Citizen winner and will represent the local chapter in the state competition.

Congratulations to these outstanding students. This was one of the closest competitions by scores in the contest and each is a winner.

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