Twelve students earn accolades from Daughters of the American Revolution

Rick Wagner • Feb 19, 2020 at 9:30 AM

KINGSPORT — It was all about history and good citizenship Tuesday when a local chapter of a national organization honored 12 local students.

The Long Island Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented nine high school seniors with a Good Citizen award, including one who won an essay contest. In addition, the chapter honored three students for essays in two other contests.

The group at a Tuesday luncheon honored two students in the American history essay contest, open to students in grades 5 through 8. The topic was the voyage of the Mayflower and settlement of the Plymouth colony. The fifth grade winner was Jonathan Halliday from St. Dominic Catholic School, and the eighth grade winner was Bianca Thomas from Colonial Heights Middle School. Each won $25 and a certificate.

The winner of the Christopher Columbus scholarship contest, which the DAR has sponsored since 1996 with the National Italian American Foundation, was Dobyns-Bennett High School senior Jacqueline Byers. She won $50 and a certificate.

As for the Good Citizens program, it honors one outstanding senior from each high school in the region who embodies the attributes of a good citizen, which the DAR defines as dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Each of the nine high schools in the two counties and two cities in the DAR chapter’s region may nominate a graduating senior, and those nominated may choose to enter the Good Citizen essay contest.

The nine Good Citizens for 2020 are as follows:

Travis Baxley of Cherokee High; Hannah Lamb of Clinch School; Natalie Bates of D-B, who won the Good Citizen essay contest; Amanda Robinette of Sullivan Central; Eli Ensley of Sullivan East; McKenna Foulk of Sullivan North; Meghan Jones of Sullivan South; Ashlyn Stewart of Tennessee High; and Jackson Bellamy of Volunteer. Each won $50, except the essay winner, who received $75.

The DAR was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. For more information, go online to www.DAR.org or go to social media on Facebook at fadebook.com/TodaysDAR, Twitter at twitter.com/TodaysDAR and YouTube at youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

Baxley has joined the Army and plans to go into radio communications security there.

Lamb plans to attend Walters State Community College for two years and then seek a four-year degree in nursing.

Bates plans to get a four-year college degree in accounting with a minor in political science and then attend law school to become a lawyer.

Robinette plans to seek an undergraduate degree at ETSU in rehabilitative health and then a master’s degree.

Ensley plans to attend Milligan College and become a mechanical engineer.

Foulk plans to go two years at Northeast State Community College and then get a dental hygiene degree from East Tennessee State University.

Jones plans to attend Liberty University to major in biology and then go to medical school and become a physician.

Stewart plans a career in education after going to NSCC and then a four-year college.

Bellamy plans to attend NSCC and become a mechanical engineer.

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