Helen Hill has been named the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen for Thomson High School, according to a press release from the Captain John Wilson Chapter.
Other Thomson High participants in the annual essay contest were: Ryan Cook of Thomson, son of Jeffrey and Beth Cook; Amanda Davis of Thomson, daughter of Ralph and Sarah Davis; Aaron McCorkle of Thomson, son of Rich and Cindy McCorkle; Katie McNeal of Dearing, daughter of Teresa McNeal-O'Neill; Bianca Parker of Thomson, daughter of Derrick and Valerie Fields and Sammie Parker; and Kenneth Watkins of Dearing, son of Stan and Susan Watkins. Helen is the daughter of Steve Hill and Jo Albert-Hill of Thomson.
The overall chapter winner and Good Citizen for Harlem High School is Janine DeMichele of Grovetown, daughter of Richard and Jutta Ohly. Other nominees for Harlem High include Anthony Henry of Grovetown, son of Gregory and Pamela Henry; and Erin Logue of Harlem, daughter of Chris and Kim Logue.
In addition to the annual Good Citizen awards, judges this year were so impressed with the caliber of essays that the Captain John Wilson Chapter is also awarding Certificates of Recognition to Anthony Henry and Erin Logue of Harlem High School and to Ryan Cook and Amanda Davis of Thomson High School.
To participate in this annual contest, students are first nominated by each school's faculty and staff or a DAR member.
During the selection process, three judges are provided anonymous copies of the students' essays and resumes. One winner from each school is named its Good Citizen and one overall winner is designated to represent the chapter at the district level of competition. The following principles of good citizenship are evaluated.
Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality)
Service (cooperation, courtesy, consideration of others)
Leadership (personality, self-control, ability to assume responsibility)
Patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation; participates with Pledge of Allegiance)
All participants and their families will be honored at the next meeting of the Captain John Wilson Chapter, NSDAR. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4 p.m., at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library. The Good Citizens' names will also be added to the Good Citizen plaque that is displayed at each school.