On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) James K. Polk Chapter selected Mena High School senior, Avanlea Noelle Furr as first place winner in a Good Citizen Program and Scholarship contest.
Furr’s essay is entitled “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: How Do the Combined Actions of Many Good Citizens Keep Our Nation Moving Forward?” She received a monetary prize, certificate, pin, and wallet card. Furr is the granddaughter of Rudy and Ann Furr.
The runner-up is senior Matthew Hagen Standridge of Caddo Hills High School, who also received a monetary prize, certificate, pin, and wallet card. His parents are Rodney and Jan Dee Standridge.
Also selected as a DAR Good Citizen is Abigail Dallyn Taylor, a senior from Cossatot River High School, who received a certificate, pin, and wallet card. Her parents are Amber and Dewayne Taylor.
The tradition of giving the Good Citizen Award began many years ago. Today, seniors at most Arkansas high schools submit essays in the annual competition with local first-place winners ultimately competing for a state scholarship. Mena High School Counselor, Pam Gross, coordinated with faculty in Furr’s selection in recognition of her qualities of good character, including dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.