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DAR NAMES GOOD CITIZENS

Students receive scholarships

 

February 17, 2017

Diane Halvorson, DAR chapter regent; Megan Erlandson of AHS; Antonio Lopez of BHS; Faith Lee of KCHS; Jaida Smith of PVHS; Taylor Anglin of FHS; Matthew Malone of Grace Baptist Academy; Mary Hayes, DAR Good Citizen chair

The annual Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Awards & Presidents' Tea was held on Sunday, February 12 at San Juan College. The Desert Gold chapter also celebrated their 50th anniversary. Over 60 guests attended which included the honorees and their families, a high school counselor, and DAR members and spouses. Scholarship awards totaled $1500.

Six students were honored. Each student was nominated by their respective school based on a description of the student's academic achievement, school and community activities and their future plans. They also shared how they embody the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen, which include dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Each student provided two letters of recommendation. Also, each one wrote an essay addressing the topic: Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It – How do the combined actions of many good citizens keep our nation moving forward.

All honorees received a certificate, pin, card and a scholarship.

Taylor Anglin, Farmington High School, is the daughter of Daniel and Kelly Anglin of Farmington. Taylor ranks 22 of 279 seniors. She is involved in Honors and Advanced Placement classes, National Honor Society, Soccer, Choir, Orchestra, church ministries, volunteer at nursing home, part time jobs, community chamber orchestra, Tenille's Violin School, as well as All-State Choir and Orchestra and job shadowing in the medical field. Taylor was awarded the $750 scholarship.

Faith Lee, Kirtland Central High School, is the daughter of Aaron Lee and Christena Davidson of Fruitland. Faith ranks 4th of 130 seniors. She is involved in National Honor Society, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, concert Choir, LDS Seminary release time, IGNITE, Business Professionals of America, church activities, volunteer activities with needy children, animal shelter, nursing home residents, veterans, highway cleanup, food bank, baby sitting, and mentoring freshmen students. Faith was awarded the $250 scholarship.

Antonio Lopez, Bloomfield High School, is the son of Raymond and Bernadette Lopez of Blanco. Antonio ranks 3rd of 160 seniors. He is involved in AP and honors classes with 44 hours of dual credit, National Honor Society, choir including all-state, bands, theatre, athletics, church music ministry, tutoring freshmen students, volunteer at Boys & Girls Club, guitar lessons to youth, professional theatre, music for VFW and Toys for Tots, and food drives. Antonio was awarded the $200 scholarship.

Jaida Smith, Piedra Vista High School, is the daughter of Joanne Benally and James Smith of Farmington. Jaida ranks 17th of 314 seniors. She is involved in National Honor Society, Tutor Tuesday, Buddy Lunches, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, UmattR, dance team, road clean up, volunteering at Child Haven, the Bridge, Riverfest/Riverglo, the animal shelter, Navajo Ministries and the Over-flow Free Store as well as involvement in her church youth group and job shadowing in the medical field. Jaida was awarded a $100 scholarship.

Megan Erlandson, Aztec High School, is the daughter of Heather Erlandson of Aztec. Megan ranks 5th of 212 seniors. She is involved in honors and AP classes, National Honor Society, theatre, NMAA High Desert awards, mentorship in business administration, volunteer at sports concession, teacher's assistant, volunteering at her church's nursery, New Mexico Mission of Mercy, Good Sam nursing home, San Juan College, and Highlands Celtic Festival. Megan was awarded a $100 scholarship.

Matthew Malone, Grace Baptist Academy, is the son of Michael and Jill Malone of Farmington. Matthew is the sole senior this year. He is involved in National Honor Society, drama, basketball, softball, flag football, daily flag raising along with other daily school duties, Active Christian Teens, volunteering at the food bank, local nursing home, and street clean up. Matthew was awarded a $100 scholarship.

 

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