"The Etowah Chapter [of The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution] presents a Good Citizenship Award each year to one of the seniors at each of our four local high schools," said Beth Williams, chairperson for the Good Citizen Awards committee.
Students Mia Robinson, of Cartersville High School, Mary Margaret Buffington, of Cass High School, Benjamin Perkins, of Excel Christian Academy and Tyler Laymon of Woodland High School were recognized by the local chapter of the national organization.
Williams explained Adairsville has its own chapter of The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Each student recognized has been involved with extracurricular activities ranging from athletics to clubs, organizations and peer mentoring, with their future goals being just as eclectic. For example, Buffington said she plans on pursuing meteorology at the University of Georgia while Perkins plans to attend the U.S. Naval Academy.
"None of this would be possible without my teachers ... my counselors, [Principal Wesley Roach] and my parents, and of course my Lord and savior Jesus Christ because without him we wouldn't be here," Perkins said.
Roach said he appreciates organizations like DAR who recognize positive student accomplishments and leadership.
"The recognition that groups like DAR provide to students like Benjamin are absolutely an important part of affirming the good things that are happening with young people today," Roach said. "So often you can open the newspaper and easily see the problems that are related to maybe society, culture and kids, but when you see kids like the DAR has recognized today, you can't help but feel encouraged and realize, 'hey, we've got some really good kids coming through the pipeline and there's hope in their hearts.'"