Every year, some selected high school seniors from across the area are recognized for their good citizenship.
The local Rhoda Fairchild chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored six students on Saturday at the Carthage Water & Electric community room for their annual Good Citizen declaration. Jacob Russell, of Lamar; Hannah Ryan, of Jasper; Whitlea Ulrich, of Liberal; Caleb St. John, of Golden City; Fabiola Vargas, of Carthage; and Helen Grace Huff, of Sarcoxie, were this year's Good Citizens.
To be selected for this special honor, high school seniors submit applications and write essays. Each one read their essay to the crowd of DAR members and their supportive friends and family on Saturday.
Jacob Russell, of Lamar: hopes to attend either the University of Missouri and pursue a journalism degree, or John Brown University for mechanical engineering. In high school, he was president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and High Step, a program that promotes teaching and giving younger students role models.
Hannah Ryan, of Jasper: hopes to attend Pittsburg State University or Missouri State University to pursue a degree in graphic design. In high school, she played the bass drum in band, sang in choir, was a member of student counsel, FBLA and FCCLA.
Caleb St. John, of Golden City: hopes to attend College of the Ozarks and pursue a degree in animal science and agricultural business. In high school, he was in FFA, FCA, FCCLA, National Honor Society and played football.
Fabiola Vargas, of Carthage: hopes to attend either Baylor University or Abilene Christian University to pursue a degree in psychology. In high school, she was involved in FCCLA, a wrestling manager, Spanish Club and was on the tennis team.