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DAR honors students as good citizens

DAR honors students as good citizens

Posted: Monday, November 10, 2008 10:03 pm

The Reelfoot Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently selected a student from each of the county’s three high schools to be its DAR Good Citizens. A special tea is being planned to recognize them on Tuesday at the Obion County Museum. Charles William “Will” Miller III of Obion was selected from Obion County Central High School. He is the son of Ann Miller. He is a four-year member of the OCCHS Rebel Band, serving as a section leader his junior and senior years. He has participated in Academic Decathlon since his sophomore year. While at OCCHS, Miller has been a member of the Key Club, Spanish Club, Beta Club and Jazz Band. He is president of the school’s National Honor Society and Christian Students Association. He has received the Top 10 Award every year since his freshman year, when he also earned the Biology I, World Geography and Outstanding Freshman in Band awards. During the 10th grade, he received awards in Honors English II, Algebra II, Spanish, Chemistry I and Outstanding Sophomore in Band. In the 11th grade, he earned the geometry, chemistry and Spanish II awards. Miller was named Kiwanis Student of the Month his freshman year; was an alternate for Obion County Youth Leadership and a delegate for National Youth Leadership Conference his sophomore year; and was a delegate for Student Congress on Policies in Education, for Tennessee Electric Cooperatives Association Youth Leadership Summit and for Boys State his junior year. He also won the Gibson Electric Membership Corp. short story competition his junior year. He attends First Baptist Church in Obion, where he is a member of the choir and music committee. He has taught the Men’s III class for members ages 50-85 and fills in for the adult Bible study on Wednesday evenings. He was the keynote speaker for Baptist Men’s Day and has served as Bible study teacher for first through sixth grade at Vacation Bible School. He also assists his fellow church members in the packing, filling and distribution of food boxes for the needy and with Operation Christmas Child shoe box ministry. He plans to attend Union University in Jackson to pursue an undergraduate degree in Christian Studies. He hopes then to earn a Doctor of Divinity before traveling the world to teach the word of God to the millions of people who may never hear it otherwise. He enjoys playing the euphonium in the high school band, gardening, showing flowers competitively, collecting antiques, reading, baseball, politics and fine dining. William “Brandt” Sisson of South Fulton, son of Mike and Tammy Sisson, has been chosen from South Fulton High School. He served as president of his freshman and sophomore classes and vice president of his junior and senior classes. He has been involved in youth leadership within his community and on the county and state level, participating in Tennessee Leadership Summit. He has earned Top 10 academic awards his freshman, sophomore and junior years. As a member of the Beta Club, he has participated in the Quiz Bowl for the past three years. He is also a member of the Spanish, PEP and Fellowship of Christian Athletes clubs. Sisson has been a starter on the Red Devils football team for four years and is a photographer on for the school’s journalism program. During the summer, he has worked as a lifeguard and has taught swim lessons. He has also been a leader at football camps and has been a tutor. He enjoys traveling, having visited 12 European countries; football; video games; technology and movies. He has been awarded DAR and American Legion awards and has participated in the United States Senate Youth Program. He has worked to clean up highway litter, has raised money for a special needs facility and has been on mission trips within the United States. Sisson plans to attend Vanderbilt Medical School in Nashville to become a pharmacist or an orthopedic surgeon. Chelsea Stuart Hale of Union City has been selected from Union City High School. She is the daughter of Dr. John and Jane Hale. She has been color guard captain in the UCHS Marching Band, first chair oboe in the Symphonic Band and a member of the University of Tennessee at Martin Honor Band and the UCHS Concert Band. She is a Top 10 student, was an American Legion Auxiliary Girls State delegate and is a Student Excel recipient. She has been named to Who’s Who, has been a Kiwanis Student of the Month and a Tennessee Scholar, has served as class treasurer for three years, is the secretary of her senior class and attended Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers. Miss Hale has been a football and basketball cheerleader and a member of the Spanish, Science, Junior Civitan, Beta, Key and Future Business Leaders of America clubs. She was a UTM math competition contestant and received academic awards in cheerleading, FBLA regional and state accounting awards, DARE Leadership Award and Tornado Pride award. As a member of Obion County Youth Leadership, she helped organize a dance to raise money for the Agape House in Martin. She has participated in Obion County Walk of Hope, Chimes for Charity and cystic fibrosis fund raisers; has been a member of the Teen Advisory Group at the Obion County Public Library; and currently serves as the teen representative on the Reading Railroad board. She attends First United Methodist Church, where she is a member of the youth group and has participated in Feeding of the 5,000 and Vacation Bible School. Miss Hale plans to attend Vanderbilt University and major in biology with a minor in chemistry. She hopes to attend medical school to become a pediatric specialist. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, shopping, listening to music, watching old movies, riding her bike, swimming, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Published in The Messenger 11.07.08

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