DAR presents 2011 Good Citizen Awards

DAR presents 2011 Good Citizen Awards

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 12:02 am

The James Buckley Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, is pleased to present its DAR Good Citizen Awards for 2011.

Recipients of the award are Danielle Lynn Lamb, Dresden High School; Benjamin Tyler Rollins, Gleason High School; Laura Elizabeth Croom, Greenfield High School and Mallory Ann Simpson, Westview High School. These students exhibit dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their school and community. Each year DAR chapters nationwide honor seniors who demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.  

Wanda Powell, chairperson of the DAR Good Citizen Committee for the James Buckley Chapter, reports that Laura Elizabeth Croom, daughter of Jimmy and Diane Croom of Greenfield, is the inclusive Weakley County DAR Good Citizen.

Croom has been involved in many extracurricular activities during her four years at Greenfield High School. Croom, while highly involved in numerous clubs and activities that give her opportunities to develop and utilize her leadership skills, maintains a very high academic average and has completed 18 hours of college credit while in high school. She was also a cheerleader for six years. As a senior, she serves as an officer for her class and in Beta Club, FFA, Student Council, and Youth for Christ. She has been selected Class Favorite for three years, Homecoming Queen and Best All Around in Who’s Who this year, and Miss GHS. Croom aspires to be a veterinarian and plans to attend The University of Tennessee at Martin. One recommendation states, “It speaks very highly of Laura that she was chosen to attend Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences considering only the brightest students across the state are selected.” 

Benjamin Tyler Rollins, the DAR Good Citizen from Gleason High School, is the son of Chris and Monica Rollins. Rollins, who ranks first academically in his class, is president of  the Student Council and a D.A.R.E. Role Model, is active in the Beta Club, and has participated in the Science Club, G Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and FFA.  

Rollins has been recognized with numerous awards as a basketball player for the Gleason Bulldogs. He was chosen as a member of Weakley County Youth Leadership. He plans to enroll at The University of Tennessee at Martin in the fall to major in biology with aspirations of attending medical school. His teachers who recommend him state that Rollins “is a difference-maker and will be a productive member of society working diligently to make the world and the people in it better in the process,” and “He truly believes everyone possesses value, and his concern is evident in his participation in many charity functions such as volunteering at WE CARE Ministries, Carl Perkins Child Abuse Center, and by packing shoe boxes for Samaritan’s Purse.”

Mallory Ann Simpson, the DAR Good Citizen from Westview High School, is the daughter of Mark and Julie Simpson. She has been involved at Westview as a member of FCA, The National Honor Society, Beta Club, Spanish Club, and FCCLA; she is currently serving as president of the Anchor Club, vice-president of the Senior Class, president of Health Occupations Students of America, and representative to Girl’s State. She was selected to attend Weakley County Youth Leadership and theTennessee Governor’s School for the Humanities. Simpson plans to major in nursing in college and has a dream to lead medical teams on mission trips to work with gypsies in Romania. She has already served as a missionary in Romania. One of her teachers states that Mallory “embodies the moral principles necessary to earn the respect of her peers, her teachers, and her fellow community citizens.  Ms. Simpson exemplifies all that is good with young people and all that is good about our community.”

Danielle Lynn Lamb is the daughter of Jackey and Terri Lamb. She represents Dresden High School as the DAR Good Citizen. Lamb has been an outstanding academic student at DHS and has made many accomplishments. She holds membership in Beta Club, Student Council, Interact Club, D Club, Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, DECA, and FCA. She is Beta Club President, Mu Alpha Theta Vice-President, DECA President, FCA Vice-President, and Cheerleader Captain. She has received the Cheerleading Leadership Award and Academic Award for three years and is currently ranked #1 in her class. She participated in the First State Bank Youth Leadership Program; she has been on mission trips to West Virginia. Lamb has done international travel to England, Italy, and Ireland. She wants to attend Union University and become a teacher of mathematics, first on the high school level and then on the university level. Danielle’s teachers give her their highest regards: “Seldom in a teaching career does one encounter a student with Danielle’s academic ability, leadership ability, and spirit of cooperation,” and  “ It is because of the integrity of citizens like Danielle that our country has been made great, and it is because of her desire to excel in her every endeavor that will enable our country to remain great.”

“I trust that as the information on these 2010 DAR Good Citizens is read that the high degree of pride that I feel in the young people of  Weakley County is felt by all,” Powell stated. In addition to exemplary qualifications of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism, each has expressed a sincere love for and desire to help their fellowman. If I may borrow from one of the letters of recommendation, all four of these DAR Good Citizens exemplify “all that is good with young people and all that is good about our community. 

They make the world a better place for human kind.  We are blessed to have young people of this quality in Weakley County to sustain the ideals of our nation’s and state’s founders.”

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