Students awarded scholarships from Daughters of the American Revolution

Saturday, February 22, 2020
Pictured, from left, are: Maella Blalock D.A.R Awards Chair; Wyatt Hoppes, Exeter High School; Zolanna Simpson, Wheaton High School; Jonathan Hughes, Monett High School; Bonnie Yetter, D.A.R Regent. Not pictured were: Madry McCrackin, Cassville High School and Rachel Jimenez, Southwest High School. Contributed photo

Monett's Jonathan Hughes named chapter winner

The Monett Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual award ceremony for high school good citizens on Saturday, Feb. 8, honoring Madry McCrackin, Cassville High School; Wyatt Hoppes, Exeter High School; Zolanna Simpson, Wheaton High School; Jonathan Hughes, Monett High School; and Rachel Jimenez, Southwest High School.

Chapter Regent Bonnie Yetter and award chairperson, Maella Blalock, presented students with national certificates and pins. During the ceremony students and their families were introduced, and as honorees read their essays, they were presented with a $25 chapter scholarship.

Hughes, of Monett, was selected as the chapter winner and his packet was submitted for competition at the state level.

The students selected prove that being a D.A.R. Good Citizen means more than just helping others or getting good grades. These students are recognized for their service, commitment, leadership, and scholarship. Their strength and commitment to making the county a better place show their desire to confront societies problems with fresh ideas and the belief that their generation can and will succeed through hard work and caring.

Students selected must be in their senior year. Candidates must complete a scholarship packet including a biographical cover sheet, school transcript, two letters of recommendation, and complete a timed essay. This year, the subject was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.”

As leaders of tomorrow, students were asked how they would energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens and why it is important. Those willing to compete in the essay contest also receive a $25 scholarship from the Alexander McNair chapter.

The next meeting will feature local historian, Kavan Stull, as he impersonates President Harry Truman during his war time experience. The meeting will beheld at 1`0:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, at Monett First United Methodist Church.

D.A.R. meetings are open to the public.