DAR recognizes youth service at awards ceremony
by Mark Andrews
Jan 22, 2014 | 1392 views | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kingston Elementary School Principal Matt Gibson speaks about the accomplishments of student Matthew Silvers during Tuesday’s Youth Citizenship Awards, held at the Cartersville Civic Center and presented by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Etowah Chapter. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
Kingston Elementary School Principal Matt Gibson speaks about the accomplishments of student Matthew Silvers during Tuesday’s Youth Citizenship Awards, held at the Cartersville Civic Center and presented by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Etowah Chapter. MARK ANDREWS/The Daily Tribune News
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Local elementary and middle school students likely felt their “ears burning” at the Cartersville Civic Center on Tuesday as teachers and administrators spoke of their accomplishments and efforts within their individual schools during the annual Youth Citizenship Awards, presented by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Etowah Chapter.

“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