BY MELANIE BUCK
At an awards ceremony on Thursday, February 19, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) James K. Polk Chapter presented this year’s winner and runner-up in the Good Citizen Program and Scholarship contest. The subject of this year’s essay was: “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: What Does Our Past Tell Us About Our Future?”
Heather Kay Jackson, a senior at Caddo Hills High School, won first place with her essay. Jackson is the daughter of Jimmy and Renita Jackson.
Carissa Kaylyn Gordon, a senior at Mena High School, won runner-up. Gordon is the daughter of Chris and Julie Gordon.
Both winners received a monetary prize, certificate, pin, and wallet card. Jackson will advance to the state level for a chance to progress to the national level.
The tradition of giving the Good Citizen Program began many years ago. Today, seniors at most Arkansas high schools submit essays in the annual competition. Students are chosen by a coordinating effort between NSDAR and school counselors and high school faculty who recognize the qualities of good character, dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.