Five high school seniors from Columbia County received Good Citizens Awards on Sunday, December 15 at the historic Robert Jenkins House. The students being honored are Madison Bently (Taconic Hills), Isabell Bruns (New Lebanon) Martha Santos Canarte (Hudson), Julia Gabrielle Rose (Chatham), and the ultimate winner, Trevor James Wolfe (Ichabod Crane).
Created in 1934, the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship encourages and rewards qualities of good citizenship to high school seniors from accredited high schools, both public and private, throughout the United States. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.
Part of the scholarship requires the students to write an essay. The essential question of this year’s essay 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? Why is that important?”