The Forum: Local DAR chapter honors 11 students as "Good Citizens"


LENOX — Eleven seniors from Berkshire County public high schools were honored Sunday by the First Resistance Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, at its annual Good Citizen Program, held at the Lenox Community Center.

The program, under the direction Good Citizen Program chair Sandra P. Cozzaglio, recognizes and rewards high school seniors who exemplify the qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership and, patriotism.

The Good Citizen honorees are chosen through a process consisting of the nomination of up to three students by each high school's faculty, and the election of one of the students for the award by his and her classmates. In this way, organizers say, each recipient is recognized by both teachers and peers, as being an individual possessing the qualities of an outstanding "Good Citizen."

Jason "Jake" McCandless, superintendent of Pittsfield Public Schools, gave they keynote address at the event. In his speech he gave many words of wisdom to the students, such as, "If you can't say anything good about someone, then say nothing," a quote from the film "Bambi." He also had other good tidbits about being a Good Citizen, Cozzaglio said.

The winner of the essay contest was Anya Sheldon of Mount Greylock Regional High School. She was also one of five state DAR finalists. Sheldon was honored in March at the state DAR Awards Conference and Luncheon held in Mansfield.

All together, the Good Citizen honorees are: Olivia Carlson, Drury High School; Madison A. Ryan, Hoosac Valley Middle and High School; Cayce Williams, Lee Middle and High School; Cameron Abderhalden, Lenox Memorial High School; Emma Adler, Monument Mountain Regional High School; Marina Germain, Mount Everett Regional High School; Anya Sheldon, Mount Greylock Regional High School; Carly K. Yon, Pittsfield High School; Joey Maynard, St. Joseph Central High School; Caroline Fairweather, Taconic High School, and Jaryd Massaro, Wahconah Regional High School.


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