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RANGELY I The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Grand Junction will honor students from Northwest Colorado area high schools, including a Rangely girl, as DAR Good Citizens at a ceremony and reception Jan. 11 in Grand Junction.
The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. at the Whitman Education Center in Grand Junction.
The students selected by their schools are: Tessa Erin Slagle of Rangely High School, Larissa Marie Cox of Grand Junction High School, Grace Elizabeth Nelson of Fruita Monument High School, Phoebe Abigail Stoye of Palisade High School, Michael Christopher Smith of Caprock Academy and Shamron Janay Willison of Central High School
Slagle, like the other students, participated in a scholarship competition, and the winner, whose essay will advance to the statewide competition, will be announced at the event.
The DAR Good Citizen Award is presented to high school seniors who demonstrate qualities of good citizenship — dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Each student is nominated by a process in each of their schools. Those who wish to participate in the scholarship program complete an application that includes a resume of school and community activities, a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation.
In addition, the students write a timed essay without reference materials or any other assistance. This year the essay title was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It” with focus on “How does one’s personal heritage affect one’s duties to our nation?”
Five students completed the scholarship application process this year.
The scholarship applications were judged by three Grand Junction citizens: Dr. Peter M. Booth, Mr. Ken Henry, and Ms. Deana Znamenacek.
The winner will be presented with a $250 prize to be presented by the Mount Garfield Chapter of the DAR, which will be forwarded to the Colorado state contest.