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By Margaret J. Trinkle
For the News-Herald
Each year the various chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) 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 is proud to announce that Keegan B. Johnson has been chosen to receive the Chapter’s 2013 DAR Good Citizen Award. Keegan is the son of Troi Cunningham and Scotty Johnson.
Keegan was also selected as the KSDAR Fifth District DAR Good Citizen.
A senior at Owen County High School, Johnson is an honor-roll student, a member of the National Honor Society, Students Against Destructive Decisions , Teen Alcohol Prevention Project, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is the trumpet section leader in the Owen County High School’s jazz band, concert band and pep band. He is a peer counselor and tutor and a graduate of Leadership Owen County. He has volunteered to pick up litter; chaperoned primary and elementary school events, and participated with the school’s Secret Santa, food drives and Relay for Life.
In addition to school, he takes an active part in his church and his community as well as surrounding counties. Johnson participates in the March of Dimes walk, aided Frankfort’s LIFE House for animals and the Franklin County Humane Society. He helped Frankfort’s Elks Lodge in its annual fundraising drives with the Salvation Army. He is a bus monitor and helps the elderly with shopping and errands. The multiple letters of recommendation describe Keegan as committed, conscientious, dependable, hard-working yet fun-loving person who leads by example.
Keegan’s essay on American heritage speaks of a citizen’s responsibilities in preserving freedom and spreading patriotism. Following high school graduation, he plans to attend a four-year university to obtain a degree in computer science. His ambition is to be a computer programmer and systems administrator.
The John Guill Chapter is very proud of Keegan Johnson. He will receive the chapter’s DAR Good Citizen Award at the end of the school year at the Owen County High School’s Honor’s Night.
His 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 for 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.
Margaret J. Trinkle is the regent of the John Guill Chapter DAR, NSDAR