DAR Good Citizens recognized

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DAR Good Citizen Award winners and presenters: front row, left to right are Dr. Nancy Horton-DAR essay chair, James Schomburg, Julia Floyd-DAR regent, Will Akin and Zack Reynolds; back row, left to right are Morgan Haynes, Mallory Campbell, Allison Powe and Della Kelly. Not pictured is Carmen Tizapa. (Photo courtesy Nancy Horton)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Dripping Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently awarded the winners of its Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, a contest between the DAR Good Citizens named by high schools in Cullman County.

The DAR Good Citizen Award program “recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.” (www.DAR.org)

  • DAR Good Citizen Essay Competition Winner for Cullman County – Morgan Haynes, Fairview High School
  • Overall DAR Good Citizens – Will Akin, Hanceville High School and Della Kelly, Cullman High School
  • Other DAR Good Citizens
    • Allison Powe, Vinemont High School
    • Carmen Tizapa, Good Hope High School
    • Zack Reynolds, Holly Pond High School
    • Mallory Campbell, West Point High School
    • James Schomburg, Saint Bernard Prep School


Each year all public high schools in Cullman County, along with Saint Bernard, are asked to name one DAR Good Citizen. Those named then compete in the Dripping Spring’s Chapter’s Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest.

The students are judged by a panel of three judges using the criteria of school awards and activities, community service, grade transcripts, recommendation letters and the completion of an essay on a given topic. The students are given two hours to complete the essay after they have been given the topic. This year the essay question was, “You and your peers are our nation’s leaders of tomorrow. How would you energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens?”

Essay competition chairperson Dr. Nancy Horton told The Tribune, “DAR is proud to sponsor this competition. This group of fine young students is an asset to our community and our schools. It is encouraging to know that the future of our community and state lies in the capable hands of these young people and their commitment to making the world a better place through their service and leadership.” 

The winner from the Dripping Spring’s Chapter has his or her resume and essay submitted to the northern district competition. The winner of that competition is sent to the state competition and that winner goes on to the national competition.

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