“We’re giving awards for good citizenship to elementary and middle school [students]. ... I get the names of the principals, I send them a letter, and they get the kids picked out by their teachers and their peers, and then they notify me of the students [selected],” Phyllis Hess, who serves as the local chapter’s chair, said. “We think it’s important things are done for students, recognizing students for their good citizenship and their patriotism.”
Allatoona Elementary School Principal Jim Bishop spoke on how student Mya Moffit gives back to the school through volunteer work.
“Mya does a great job at getting involved in our school and taking part in the different activities around our school that help our community,” Bishop said. “For example, earlier in the year she was involved in a car wash that raised over $800 for a couple of local charities [and] she played a key role in organizing that car wash.
“She’s involved in a school club whose job is to keep the school beautiful by collecting recyclable materials, picking up trash and planting trees and flowers around the school and also she’s an honor roll student who’s frequently called upon by her teachers to tutor different students around the school who are struggling with their academics.”
Marielle Thrower received recognition based on her academics and character as an Excel Christian Academy middle school student. Her teacher, Brook Harris, said she exemplifies Bible scripture 2 Timothy 2:15.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as unapproved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth,” Harris said. “Not only is [Thrower] a model of Christ, but is authentic — what you see is what you get ...
“She has ... integrity in her life, she has had to make decisions that sometimes her peers don’t make and sometimes that means that Mari has had to sit or stand alone. She is very conscientious and she is an excellent student.”
The Etowah chapter of DAR turned 100 years old in 2009, according to a release provided by the chapter. According to the DAR website, www.dar.org, “Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a lineage society that is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to historic preservation, education and patriotism... Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible for membership. DAR defines a ‘patriot’ as one who provided service or direct assistance in achieving America’s independence.”
Recipients of the Youth Citizenship Award are as follows:
Adam Martin, Adairsville Elementary
Mya Moffit, Allatoona Elementary
Hurley Haney, Cartersville Elementary
Melissa Sandoval, Clear Creek Elementary
Payton Dunn, Cloverleaf Elementary
Faith Treece, Emerson Elementary
Piercy Gierlak, Euharlee Elementary
Chloe Satterfield, Excel Christian Academy
Kaitlyn Chastain, Hamilton Crossing
Matthew Silvers, Kingston Elementary
Chloe Ledbetter, Mission Road Elementary
Tucker Deams, Pine Log Elementary
Olivia Corp, Taylorsville Elementary
Calliway Sellman, White Elementary
Dustin Wallace, Adairsville Middle
Jaylon Pugh, Cartersville Middle
Zachary Halpern, Cass Middle
Marielle Thrower, Excel Christian Academy
Carah Camron, South Central Middle
Dustin Ivie, Woodland Middle