Tillson DAR Chapter Awards Good Citizens


The Christiana Tillson Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presented Good Citizen awards and American History Essay Contest awards during a brunch at the Challacombe House in Hillsboro on Saturday, March 5.

The DAR Good Citizen Award, along with a scholarship and lapel pin, is presented to one outstanding high school senior from each area school and is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship, including dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Each Good Citizen competes in the essay scholarship contest, where the chapter winner will advance to compete at a higher level.  

That chapter winner is Hannah Anderson of Hillsboro High School.  She is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Anderson and at high school participates in tennis, FFA, FCA, National Honor Society, choir and operetta.  She is also active in 4-H, Cornerstone Youth Group, Friends of HHS and kids tennis camp.  After graduation, she plans to attend Maryville University in St. Louis and major in nursing.

Also winning a Good Citizen Award were Elizabeth Duty of Bunker Hill High School, Brock Boehler of Lincolnwood High School, Megan Evans of Litchfield High School, Kelly Schneider of Mt. Olive High School, JoAnna Marley of Nokomis High School and Katie Sirko of Staunton High School.

Elizabeth Duty is the daughter of Dave and Sarah Duty and in high school participates in softball, yearbook, Drama Club, and National Honor Society.  Off campus she is active in her church youth group, and after graduation would like to study criminology at the University of Memphis before joining the US Navy.

Brock Boehler is the son of Ruben and Ginger Boehler of Waggoner and is active in Tech Club, yearbook and Spanish Club in high school.  He is also a church volunteer and after graduation would like to study computer engineering at the University of Illinois.

Megan Evans, daughter of Dan and Lisa Evans, participates in cross country, the school musical, student council, SADD, Pep Club, and FCA at high school.  She is also active in junior youth ministry, is a blood drive volunteer, helps with the Breaking Bread community meal and is a columnist for The Journal-News.  After high school, she plans to study English at Eastern Illinois University and enter the field of publishing and editing or teaching.

The daughter of George and Connie Marley, JoAnna Marley is a National Honor Society member at her high school and is also in volleyball, softball, student council, yearbook, FFA, principal's advisory, Montgomery CEO, Art Club, Science Club and is her class president.  She is also active in Interact Club and after graduation would like to attend Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and major in exercise science and then earn a graduate degree in occupational therapy.

Kelly Schneider, daughter of Paul and Beth Schneider, is active in her high school student council, National Honor Society, Pep Club, FCA, DARE, track and field, basketball, band and her school's spring play.  She is a member of Zion Lutheran Church and volunteers for the Mt. Olive Park Board.  After high school, she plans to major in political science at the University of Illinois.

Kathryn Sirko, daughter of Alan and Lilli Sirko, participates in student council, cross country, volleyball, Bulldog Business Club and is her class president.  She also volunteers at the Highland Animal Shelter and after graduation would like to attend Columbia University to study business and finance.

In addition to Good Citizen Awards, the chapter also congratulated winners in the American History Essay Contest from St. Michael's Catholic School in Staunton.  Winners, who will advance to district competition, were Grant Neuhaus in fifth grade, Jacqueline Vercoglio in sixth grade, Chloe Albrecht in seventh grade and Jacob Schnefke in eighth grade.

Also participating were Callie Barks, Geoffery Delaney, Collin Gusewelle, Eric Gusewelle, Blake Jones, Drake Rantanen, Natalie Raymer, Samantha Schnefke and Ragen Sloan.  The topic was "A Colonial Family's Reaction to the Stamp Act."