Daughters of the American Revolution chapter gives student awards

Rick Wagner • Feb 21, 2019 at 3:00 PM

KINGSPORT — A Sullivan East High School senior has won the Good Citizen essay contest award from the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was among nine students representing nine area high schools who won Good Citizen awards for their schools.

Rebekah Skaggs of East won the essay award, which was among youth contest results announced Tuesday at the Long Island Chapter of the DAR. She won $75, a certificate, a pin and a wallet card. 

Other winners announced at the monthly DAR luncheon at the Press Room of the Food City on Clinchfield Street were eight senior Good Citizen winners, along with St. Dominic Catholic School fifth-grader Graciela Rose Mondragon, who won a certificate and $25 with the American History Essay award, and Peyton Minnick, a Sullivan Central junior who won a certificate and $50 with the Christopher Columbus essay.

Skaggs has served three years on the Student Council at East, is a two-year vice president of the Future Business Leaders of American, is on the swimming and cross-country teams, took a mission trip to the Czech Republic and participated in the Bristol Youth Leadership program. She plans to get a bachelor’s degree and then go to medical school, specializing in public health epidemiology.

Among the other eight Good Citizen award winners, also seniors, were:

— Dobyns-Bennett’s Macie Garst, a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club who has done community service. She plans to go to the University of Tennessee or East Tennessee State University and become an orthodontist.

— Sullivan North’s Austin Adams, a four-year Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps member who played football for four years and wrestled for two. He is known as “the reverend” because he leads the team prayers before and after football games. He also came in third in a regional welding competition and is contemplating a military career.

— Sullivan South’s Rachel Yates, who is senior class treasurer, serves on Student Council and is in the National Honor Society and Key Club. She has been a member of the basketball team for four years and also runs track. She plans to attend UT and become a nurse.

— Sullivan Central’s Maci Cloninger, who serves on Student Council, the National Honor Society and is a member of the Beta Club. She ran track and cross-country for four years, played volleyball for two years and has done volunteer work. She plans to attend Milligan College, where she wants to run cross-country and track, and go into nursing. Her goal is to become a physician’s assistant.

— Clinch School’s Ryan Johnson, the first-ever Good Citizen winner from the Hawkins County school. He plays basketball, has been captain of the basketball team for two years and serves in a volunteer fire department and does other volunteer work. He plans to attend the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Elizabethton to become a diesel mechanic.

— Cherokee’s Heather Whitt, a member of the Naval JROTC and cadet commander there. She is seeking her private pilot’s license, plans to attend the University of Memphis to study electrical engineering and then serve in the Navy for five years.

— Tennessee High’s Maggie Hicks, a student council member in the FBLA and French Club. She played volleyball for four years and plans on playing volleyball in college, seeking an elementary education degree and becoming a teacher and coach.

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