On Jan. 11, students chosen by seven local high schools were recognized as Good Citizens by the Ypsilanti Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Each school’s chosen DAR Good Citizen exhibited the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree.
At the ceremony, Chelsea Edwards from Belleville High School, Lydia Carrier from Calvary Christian Academy, Cali Curlee from Lincoln High School, Shannon Egbert from Ypsilanti AC Tech High School, and Talizejah Harris from Ypsilanti STEM Academy, were presented with DAR Good Citizen pins, certificates signed by both the state and national DAR Good Citizens chairpersons, wallet recognition cards, small American flags, and flowers.
Ypsilanti Chapter DAR members and husbands, the students’ parents and family members as well as representatives from the respective schools attended in support of these good citizens. Sandra Diaz from Ypsilanti New Tech High School and Rebecca Thomas from Washtenaw Technical Middle College were also honored, though not able to attend.
All seven students participated in the scholarship portion of the Good Citizen Program. Cali Curlee from Lincoln High School was named as the 2014-15 Ypsilanti Chapter Good Citizen Scholarship winner. She was presented with a check for $200 from the Ypsilanti Chapter DAR, to be used in support of her education. Curlee read her winning essay to the assembly and paperwork was forwarded to the state level for further judging.
The keynote speaker for the program was Lieutenant Colonel Robert “Chuck” E. Baker, Professor of Military Science at Eastern Michigan University.
Submitted by Sarah VanderMeulen
Good Citizens Program Chair
Ypsilanti Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution