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Clayton DAR recognizes 2012 ‘Good Citizens’

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Morrow High School senior, Ashley Storey (left), receives a certificate, recognizing her as the winner of the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award, from Rosemary Pinson, the chapter’s Good Citizen chairperson.

Special photo Morrow High School senior, Ashley Storey (left), receives a certificate, recognizing her as the winner of the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Good Citizen Award, from Rosemary Pinson, the chapter’s Good Citizen chairperson.

What makes someone a “Good Citizen?”

The Daughters of the American Revolution defines such a person as an individual who exhibits traits such as dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The group explains that a person demonstrates those traits by having a wide range of characteristics, including truthfulness, loyalty, responsibility, punctuality, cooperation, courtesy, consideration for others, and self-control.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by one’s school as a ‘Good Citizen,’ because it shows they have exemplified the characteristics of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree,” said Rosemary Pinson, the “Good Citizen” chairperson for the Jonesboro-based Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Nine young ladies — seniors from each of Clayton County’s high schools — were recognized for being their respective school’s “Good Citizens,” during an awards tea, on Jan. 21, hosted by the local DAR chapter. One of those students, Morrow High School senior, Ashley Storey, 17, was also recognized as the chapter’s overall “Good Citizen” for 2012.

The nominated “Good Citizens,” who were selected for the honor by officials at their respective schools, received recognition pins, certificates, and $50 awards, according to a DAR news release. The students also shared their plans for the future during the event.

Storey received the overall chapter award, in part, because her essay on the responsibilities of a good citizen, and preserving the nation’s heritage, was deemed by a panel of judges to be the best among county-level entries, Pinson said.

The local “Good Citizen” chairperson said Storey was also chosen, however, because of an extensive resume of leadership, scholarship, and community service. Pinson said the pupil had a 4.236 grade-point average at the end of her junior year in high school (the last semester looked at in the “Good Citizen” process).

Pinson also said Storey has been a member of Morrow High School’s mock trial team, and the school’s Environmental Science Club, its S.E.E.D.S. (Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability) club, a 2011 Governor’s Honor Program participant, and a volunteer with several homeless assistance programs, including Hosea Feed the Hungry.

She is currently enrolled at Clayton State University as well, through a dual-enrollment program, and was recently named to that school’s fall 2011 Dean’s List, Pinson added.

Storey also has “almost a full page” of awards that she has won, including several for top achievement in Advanced Placement courses at Morrow High School, and several mock trial awards, according to the local “Good Citizenship” chairperson.

“She stated in her application that her future plans include becoming a lawyer, a scientist, and a businesswoman,” said Pinson, who later added, “I think she’ll go far in life.”

Pinson said Storey’s essay has been submitted for district, or regional, honors. If it is picked as the top essay in the district, she said, it will be eligible for statewide honors, with the state’s top essay being eligible for national honors, which include a college scholarship, the local chairperson said.

In addition to Storey, Clayton County school-level “Good Citizens” for this year include: Charles Drew High School senior, Tiadora Battle; Forest Park High School senior, Stephanie Gann; Jonesboro High School senior, Attallah Ali; Lovejoy High School senior, DeAndrea Freeman; Mt. Zion High School senior, Aspen Evans; Mundy’s Mill High School senior, Keyana Scott; North Clayton High School senior, Kiren Hassin, and Riverdale High School senior, Shanita Flournoy.