MONROE – The John Foster chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Good Citizens Awards during a Nov. 14 reception.
The program recognizes high school seniors who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Winners were as follows:
• Ashleigh McCoy, of Union Academy, is the daughter of Kristin and Robert McCoy. She plans to study aerospace engineering while attending a military service academy. She may study at a four-year college and then pursue a career in military aviation.
• Kaitlyn Baucom, of Piedmont High School, is the daughter of Vanessa and Randy Baucom. She plans to major in history and economics and then to become a high school history teacher or a lawyer.
• Evan John Schmitt, of Central Academy of Technology and Arts, is the son of Elizabeth Bartell and Mike Schmitt. He plans to study engineering technology at UNC Charlotte.
• Victoria Ann Kopitsch, of Weddington High School, is the daughter of Doug and Kathy Kopitsch. She plans to double major in psychology and education. Then she intends to earn her Ph.D. and work for the North Carolina School Board Association to advance special needs educational issues.
• Alba Capote-Leana, of Monroe High School, is the daughter of Bartolo Capote and Maricruz Leana. She plans to study animal science at NC State University and join the Air National Guard.
• Laura Rebolledo, of Union County Early College, is the daughter of Patricia Garcia. She plans to major in biology, and then go on to medical school. Later, she plans to join the Air Force.
• Payton Michelle Whitley, of Forest Hills High School, is the daughter of Tonya Godwin. She plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill and pursue a doctorate degree in psychology. Her goal is to become a forensic psychologist.
• Madelyn Dooley, of Metrolina Christian Academy, is the daughter of Nicholas and Heather Dooley. She plans on majoring in religious studies and becoming a church youth pastor or in another ministry position involving people.
• Megan Gourd, of Parkwood High School, is the daughter of Jeffrey and Sarah Gourd. She plans to major in nutrition and dietetics, as well as earn her master’s degree in nutrition. Her goal is to become a registered dietician.
Good Citizens Committee Chairwoman Virginia Bjorlin named McCoy as the Good Citizens scholarship essay contest winner. The topic of this year’s essay was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving.”
McCoy earned a monetary award and will advance to the district essay competition. Later rounds of competition will also occur on the state and national level with larger scholarships to be awarded.
Regent Libby Helms presided over the reception. The Rev. Janet Tyson was the featured speaker.