The Bienville Chapter's ‘Overall Good Citizen’ award winner and also the Alabama ‘Central District Good Citizen’ winner ( First runner-up in the state) was Richard Bateman, of The Donoho School. He is the son of Drs. Blane and Margaret Bateman.
The DAR ‘Good Citizen Award’ winners included the following high school seniors: Brooke Herndon, of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, the daughter of Michael and Anne Herndon; Marvin Wills Jr., of White Plains High School, the son of Brandi M. Torres and Marvin D. Wills; Madelyn Adams, of Faith Christian School, the daughter of Gordon and Kelly Adams; Raven Paslay, of Piedmont High School, the daughter of David and Wendy Paslay;
LaJerika Neal, of Anniston High School, the daughter of Tammy Anderson; Miranda Chauncey, of Saks High School, the daughter of Sheri Nichols and Paul Nichols and Rebekah Williams, of Wellborn High School, the daughter of George and Lynne Williams.
The students wrote an original essay on "Our American Heritage and our Responsibility for Preserving It" describing how one's personal heritage affects one's duties to our nation. They were chosen on their good citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
Their grades, home and community involvement, high school activities, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation were also taken into consideration.
The ‘American History Essay contest winners for fifth-eighth grades included: Amarachi Nwogu, fifth-grade at The Donoho School, the daughter of Drs. John and Unini Nwogu; Turner Davis, sixth-grade at The Donoho School, son of Kent and Lisa Davis; Zana Christjohn, seventh-grade at Faith Christian School ( also first-place state winner), the daughter of Michael and Zan Christjohn; Olivia Davis, eighth-grade at The Donoho School, daughter of Kent and Lisa Davis.
The students wrote an essay entitled, "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution."
Zana Christjohn will be introduced as the first-place, seventh-grade, state winner and honored at the annual DAR awards luncheon at the DAR state conference to be held March 7 at Auburn University.
The "Christopher Columbus Essay" contest winners for grades 9-12 , all from Faith Christian School, included:
Abby Emerson, ninth-grade, the daughter of David and Amy Emerson; Tyler Mitchell, 10th-grade, the son of Brent and Amy Mitchell; Lauren Frye, 11th-grade, the daughter of Wes and Jennifer Frye and Peyton Camp, 12th-grade, the daughter of James and Stephanie Camp.
The students wrote an essay entitled, " How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Saturday?"
Members from each group of winners will be honored by reading their essays at 3 p.m. April 1 at the DAR meeting at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County on 10th Street.