Students awarded scholarships from Daughters of the American Revolution

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Rachel Lacey, left, from Wheaton High School, Maella Blalock, center, Monett chapter of DAR, and Heather Windes, from Southwest High School, pose for a photo after Lacey and Windes received scholarships. Contributed photo

Daughters of the American Revolution, Monett Chapter, honored four local students who were selected by their schools as an outstanding Good Citizen of their school and community.

Scholarship recipients were Rachel Lacey, from Wheaton High School; Heather Windes; Southwest High School; Jarrett Brattin, from Exeter High School, and Marie Leavitt from Pierce City High School. Students are selected based on their qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Students must be in their senior year and can be chosen either by their fellow students or by faculty and staff. Selected students have the opportunity to participate in the National DAR Good Citizens scholarship program, which all four students chose to do. Students must then complete a biographical cover sheet, submit a school transcript, two letters of recommendation from faculty members, and complete a timed essay. This year the subject was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It; What New Challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?” Rachel Lacey’s packet was selected for submission to the state level for higher scholarship possibilities.

Each winner read their essay and was presented with a certificate, pin and $25 scholarship from the Alexander McNair Chapter of DAR. Family members and school counselors also attended the ceremony.

Koralyn Cantwell, ilbrarian at the Monett Branch Library, shows off the new DAR American Spirit magazine. Contributed photo

“I was just amazed at not only the depth of thought put into the essays but the overall level of involvement these kids have in their schools and communities,” said Maella Blalock, DAR Good Citizen chairwoman. “They are busy, busy with everything from sports and clubs to academics and still find time to show leadership and serve other. There are obviously among the absolute best in Missouri.”

DAR also donated an annual subscription of its magazine “The American Spirit” to the Monett Library. Plans were made for an upcoming ancestry research training which will hopefully lead to an open house workshop for the community to research and learn about their own family roots.