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Good Citizen Awards Ceremony

The Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held their annual Good Citizen Awards ceremony. The DAR Good Citizens Award was established in 1934, recognizing high school seniors who demonstrate the qualities of good character, dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Students are nominated by their teachers and school counselors. Once they are chosen they are invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program which includes writing a personal statement and an essay. This year’s judges were the Honorable Sue Collins and Colonel Michael Stohler, Commander of the 122nd Fighter Wing.

The 2019-2020 ceremony was held at the Allen County Public Library with many parents and teachers present. Regent Lynn Stafford presided over the meeting and Chapter member and Education Chairwoman Eleanor Doell presented the awards.

This year the Mary Penrose Wayne Chapter recognized the following seniors as Good Citizen Nominees representing their respective schools: Shea Odle, Bishop Dwenger High School; Ashton Freeman, Bishop Luers High School; McKenna Marie Tuggle, Canterbury High; Italy ZZ Kokonaing, Carroll High School; Olivia Billie Schuller, Concordia High School; Alivia Anne Beard, Heritage High School; Bethany S. Pepple, Leo High School; Aubree Breckelle Kline, New Haven High School; Dahiro Omar, Northside High School; Kelsey E. Denison, R. Nelson Snider High School; William Pancake, South Side High School; Molly Brehm, Wayne High School; Lauren Meyer, Woodlan High School. Each recipient received a DAR Good Citizen’s pin, a certificate, a wallet recognition card and a small American flag. A $1,000 scholarship was presented to 1st place winner McKenna Marie Tuggle of Canterbury High School. Shea Odle from Bishop Dwenger High School won second place for $300. Bethany Pepple from Leo High School won third place for $200.

The ceremony concluded with an honors reception with cake , punch, much conversation and many congratulations.