DAR honors 9 Good Citizens, scholarship contest winner
(news release provided by DAR)
John Foster chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held their annual Good Citizens Reception on November 14th, with Regent Libby Helms as presiding officer. Rev. Janet Tyson was the featured speaker. Good Citizens Committee Chairman Virginia Bjorlin named Ashleigh McCoy, of Union Academy, as the Good Citizens scholarship essay contest winner. The topic of this year’s essay was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving.” Ms. McCoy earned a monetary award and will advance to the district essay competition. Later rounds of competition will also occur on the state and national level with larger scholarships to be awarded.
DAR Good Citizen Awards were also given to the following students:
Ashleigh McCoy, of Union Academy, is the daughter of Kristin and Robert McCoy. She plans to study aerospace engineering while attending a military service academy. Or she will study at a four year college, and then pursue a career in military aviation;
Kaitlyn Baucom, of Piedmont High School, is the daughter of Vanessa and Randy Baucom. She plans to major in history and economics and then to become a high school history teacher or a lawyer;
Evan John Schmitt, of Central Academy of Technology and Arts, is the son of Elizabeth Bartell and Mike Schmitt. He plans to study engineering technology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte;
Victoria Ann Kopitsch, of Weddington High School, is the daughter of Doug and Kathy Kopitsch. She plans to double mayor in psychology and education. Then she intends to earn her Ph.D. and work for the North Carolina School Board Association to advance special needs educational issues;
Alba Capote-Leana, of Monroe High School, is the daughter of Bartolo Capote and Maricruz Leana. She plans to study animal science at NC State University and join the Air National Guard;
Laura Rebolledo, of Union County Early College, is the daughter of Patricia Garcia. She plans to major in biology, and then go on to medical school. Later she plans to join the Air Force;
Payton Michelle Whitley, of Forest Hills High School, is the daughter of Tonya Godwin. She plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursue a doctorate degree in psychology. Her goal is to become a forensic psychologist;
Madelyn Dooley, of Metrolina Christian Academy, is the daughter of Nicholas and Heather Dooley. She plans on majoring in religious studies and becoming a church youth pastor or in another ministry position involving people;
Megan Gourd, of Parkwood High School, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Sarah Gourd. She plans to major in nutrition and dietetics, and then earn her master’s degree in nutrition. Her goal is to become a registered dietician;
The DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship contest was created in 1934 to
recognize and reward high school seniors who possess good citizenship 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 the ability to assume responsibility;
- Patriotism - which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation, to an outstanding degree.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit or connect with DAR on social media at , and .