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By Peggy Trinkle
For the News-Herald
Each year the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor a DAR Good Citizen contest for high-school seniors.
The senior selected as “DAR Good Citizen” must have demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
With the assistance of the Owen County High School, the John Guill Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has announced that Danielle Hoop has been chosen to receive the chapter’s 2011 DAR Good Citizen Award.
She is the daughter of Gary and Patricia Hoop of Owenton.
A senior at Owen County High School, Danielle Hoop is an honor roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Varsity O-Club as well as an officer of the senior class and student council representative.
She has received multiple awards from her academic achievements as well as in track and cross country. She was awarded the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship Award for 12th grade in cross country. In addition to school, she takes an active part in her community — such as her participation in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; community trash pick-up events; donating clothes, toys and food; organizing her school’s Veteran’s Day assembly program; and organizing local blood drives.
Her essay on American heritage examines how America was created from many different nationalities and their contributions to our nation’s values and heritage. From many different nationalities and races we became one — America. Americans have a responsibility to respect and preserve that heritage as we continue to grow and develop as a nation.
Following high school graduation, she plans to attend the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, where she will run track and cross country while furthering her educational goal of becoming a physician’s assistant.
The John Guill Chapter is very proud of Danielle Hoop. She will receive the Chapter’s DAR Good Citizen Award at the end of the school year at the Owen County High School’s Honors Night.
Her DAR Good Citizen application, school transcript, recommendations, and American Heritage essay have been submitted to the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution for consideration of the State DAR Good Citizen’s Award. The State DAR Good Citizen Award winner will then compete for the National Society of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award and Scholarship.
Peggy Trinkle is the regent of the John Guill Chapter DAR.