DAR presents 2012 Good Citizens Awards
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:10 pm
The James Buckley Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, recently presented its DAR Good Citizen Awards for 2012.
Recipients of the award are Tiana L. Winstead, Dresden High School; Conner Anthony Verdell, Gleason High School; Benjamin Cody Garner, Greenfield High School; and Kelsey Elaine Hauhe, 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 Conner Anthony Verdell, son of Mitch and Debbie Verdell of Gleason, is the inclusive Weakley County DAR Good Citizen.Verdell has been involved in many extracurricular activities during his four years at Gleason High School. Conner, while highly involved in numerous clubs and activities that give him opportunities to develop and utilize his leadership skills, maintains a second-in-his-class academic average. Verdell plays football and baseball and was elected to All-District in baseball his sophomore year. He has been selected to serve his class as president all four years of high school; he is vice president of FCA this year. He is a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, and Spanish Club. Verdell participated in the Class of 2010 First State Youth Leadership and was voted the chairman of this elite group. He was selected to the 2011 Rising Star Leadership Summit and attended the Student Congress for Policies in Education Conference his junior year as well as Boys State. While working part time at Steele Plant Company, he served the past three summers at Liberty Retreat and Conference Center as a volunteer camp counselor and has been on mission trips to Memphis the past two summers. He plans to earn a college degree. Mrs. Kay Hudson made this statement regarding Verdell: “He daily restores my hope in the future.”
Tiana L. Winstead, the DAR Good Citizen from Dresden High School, is the daughter of Tony and InJu Winstead. Winstead, who ranks third academically in her class, is president of her class and president of the Beta Club. She has participated in Student Council, FFA, FCA, Choir, Spanish Club, Science Club, Nu Alpha Theta, and STARS.Winstead’s extracurricular activities also include the First State Youth Leadership program, Governor’s School of International Studies, Girls State, and Weakley County Youth Drug and Alcohol Prevention Collation. She dedicates much of her time to the Weakley County Drug Free Youth Alliance. Winstead plans to get a college degree in International Relationships and Political Science. Her ultimate goal is to work for the Central Intelligence Agency. Sen. Roy Herron gave this statement regarding Winstead: “She is the gold standard as well as the Golden Rule witness.”
Kelsey Elaine Hauhe, the DAR Good Citizen from Westview High School, is the daughter of Jason and Bridget Hauhe of Martin. Hauhe’s activities and accomplishments at Westview include the National Honors Society, Top 10 in her class, and Tennessee Scholar, as well as a member of the Beta Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FBLA, Anchor Club, Spanish Club, and HOSA. She also received a Certificate of Participation in the Regional Exam in Pre Calculus 2011 and UTM Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement 2012. She has played soccer for four years and has received recognition as Rookie of the Year 2008, Hustle Award 2009, All Tournament Team 2009 and 2010, All Region Player 2009 and 2010, Defensive Player of the Year 2010, and captain for the 2011 season. Hauhe considers the Anchor Club to be one of her most rewarding extracurricular activities as it allows her to help at WE CARE and to offer her services at Santa’s Village. Hauhe plans to earn a degree from The University of Tennessee at Martin in the health care field. Matt Cupples compliments Hauhe in this statement: “Kelsey has stood out among others because she takes the initiative and the responsibility.”
Benjamin Cody Garner, son of Bobby and Marilyn Garner, is the Greenfield High School DAR Good Citizen. Garner is president of the Future Farmers of America, served FFA as treasurer his sophomore and junior years, and has earned the Green Hand Award. Other activities for Garner are Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Yearbook Staff, the Beta Club, and treasurer of Student Council. He is a Tennessee Scholar, was a delegate at the S.C.O.P.E. Conference, attended Boys State, and received the Honor Roll Award the past two years. Garner raises and lowers the flag each day at school and feels very proud and fortunate to be an American. He works year round on the family farm and, in the summer, works for the University of Tennessee planting research plots in many counties throughout Tennessee. Garner plans to major in Ag Business at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Bob Williams makes this statement about Garner: “His work ethic is superb, in every aspect.”
The DAR wants the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to define people selected for the award. In reference to these qualifications, one of the DAR Good Citizens made this statement: “These qualities held you gain respect from your peers. And they also help you gain trust.” A DAR spokesperson said they 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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