Wooster-Wayne DAR recognizes area H.S. seniors as 'Good Citizens'

Wooster-Wayne DAR recognizes area H.S. seniors as 'Good Citizens'

“Every step forward this country has taken has been the result of dedicated, caring citizens who want their government to represent them. The United States was founded by small bands of patriots who wanted their voice to be heard,” wrote Lena Wiebe, a Wooster High School senior, in an essay about citizenship.

The Daughters of the American Revolution honored a graduating senior to represent their high school as a DAR Good Citizen. The Wooster-Wayne chapter is fortunate to have great schools in Wayne and Holmes counties. Ten of these schools chose a graduating senior who exemplified the characteristics of a DAR Good Citizen — dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Each school representative received a DAR Good Citizen certificate, pin and wallet card.

The schools’ representatives include Benjamin Ellis of Chippewa High School, son of Andy and Heather Ellis, who plans to attend Siena Heights University, majoring in international business and minoring in political science; Gabrielle (Brie) Zaleski of Dalton High School, daughter of Daniel Zaleski, who will attend Aultman College to become a radiology technician; Jalyce Clark of Hiland High School, daughter of Joshua and Ashley Clark, who plans to attend Ashland University to pursue a career in pediatric nursing; Hannah Caskey of Kingsway Christian School, daughter of Jon and Sandi Caskey, who will attend Stark State College for a degree in applied business; Emma Rose Zemancik of Northwestern High School, daughter of Joseph and Lisa Zemancik, who will attend college to major in percussion performance;

Katelyn Troyer of Orrville High School, daughter of Kevin and Sandy Troyer, who plans to continue her education at Wittenberg University, majoring in business management and marketing; Storm Stanley of Waynedale High School, son of James and Tina Stanley, who will pursue a career in engineering; Elizabeth Gilson of Triway High School, daughter of Les and Kim Gilson, who will attend Ohio State University ATI, majoring in agronomy; Emily Krause of the Wayne County Schools Career Center, daughter of Jeff and Allison Krause, who will continue her education to become a registered nurse; and Lena Wiebe of Wooster High School, daughter of Mareike Herrmann, who will attend Grinnell College, majoring in political science and sociology.

Three judges determined the chapter winner based on academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and community participation, as well as an essay answering the question, “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: How Do the Combined Actions of So Many Good Citizens Keep Our Nation Moving Forward?”

This year’s winner is Wiebe, who also will receive a plaque and a scholarship from the Wooster-Wayne chapter. Wiebe’s name will be added to a trophy that is displayed at the winner’s high school (Wooster) until next year’s winner is chosen.

A recognition ceremony was held virtually on April 6, honoring these 10 Good Citizens. Bailey Morrell, brand manager at Certified Angus Beef, was the guest speaker. Morrell’s topic was “A PSA to Your Future Self: The Good Citizen.” She focused on gathering perspective, self-discovery and the gift of time. When gathering perspective, she suggested people should stop alongside the proverbial road to see a situation differently.

Morrell also encouraged the students to spend their time and talents in something they really care about within their community. Finding a balance in who gets your time and finding things that make you happy also were emphasized.

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 aided in the country’s fight for independence. To learn more about the work of DAR, visit www.DAR.org.

The Wooster-Wayne chapter began in 1904. For more information about the Daughters of the American Revolution or the Wooster-Wayne chapter, email Robbin Christman at woosterwaynedar@gmail.com.

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