DAR Awards Good Citizen Award

Erica Roach, a 2019 graduate of Jefferson High School, was presented the NSDAR Good Citizens Award at the Senior Celebration at Carson-Newman University on May 14. Karen Bible, Recording Secretary and DAR Good Citizens Committee Chairman of the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), presented it to her for outstanding performance in the area of citizenship.

The Good Citizens Award recipient must be a senior who exhibits the following outstanding qualities: 1. Dependability (including truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality); 2. Service (including cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others); 3. Leadership (including personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and 4. Patriotism (including unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation).

Ms. Roach received a pin, a certificate, a wallet card, and a $150.00 scholarship for her outstanding behavior. She completed the following steps for consideration: 1. A written description of how she has tried to “manifest the qualities of a good citizen”; 2. A transcript of her grades; 3. Two letters of recommendation; and 4. A timed essay on the topic “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The contestants were encouraged to focus on this question: What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?

The essays were evaluated by an independent panel of judges.

The other young women who participated in the scholarship contest were Nina Essington, Rebekah Horton, Laura Osborne, Bailee Rice, and Dakota Stiles.

Ms. Roach’s parents are Susan and Bryan Roach, Sevierville.

Source: Daughters of the American Revolution, Martha Dandridge Chapter