Special to the Citizen
On Thursday, January 28th, the Henry Walton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held their annual joint Student Awards Ceremony. On that day, four American History Essay awards are given to winners in the 5th – 8th grades and also the 2016 DAR Good Citizen is announced. This year’s Good Citizen Award went to Andre Peterson.
The DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest began in 1934. It is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. Students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Betsy Briley was chairman of this event and worked closely with the High School in achieving this goal.
Andre Peterson is a senior at Morgan County High School. He has been on the A and B honor roll and on the football team for four years. He has been on the Student Governance Team, in the National Honor Society and won the Excellence in Science award for two years. He won the Excellence in Literature Award, was chosen captain of the football team and has volunteered with Special Olympics, the Lower schools, Go Green Day and ushers and sings in the choir at New Enon Baptist church. In addition, Regent Jan Manos said Andre chose to write an essay which he entitled, “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It”. Almost one hundred attendees filled the Fellowship Hall at Madison Presbyterian Church for the Annual Student Awards ceremony. Guests included Henry Walton members, students, parents, teachers, judges, and Principal Jim Malanowski, along with Andre’s mother, Angela Peterson, and a large contingent of family supporters who helped fill the room with applause and shouts of joy!