By David Fleet
On Jan. 7, the Genesee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recognized the annual winners of the Good Citizen awards, at the Fenton United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 119 S. Leroy St., Fenton. This year 13 Genesee County area schools participated where outstanding high school seniors who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities are recognized. Requirements for the student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen include dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. In addition, an essay is required for the award.
This year Lilly Bowman, 18, a Goodrich High School senior was named the first place winner.
“I wanted to express my own view of patriotism as opposed to writing a falsified essay only to target judges,” said Bowman. “I believe true patriotism is a love for your country so strong, you hold the country to the highest standard and actively help the country improve upon its faults.”
Bowman is a member of the National Honor Society, GHS student council president, GHS Class of 2018 president and GHS choir president. She’s active in Habitat for Humanity, walks for the March of Dimes, Toys for Tots and Angel Blankets at Covington Hospital, Saginaw. She recently earned an academic scholarship to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and plans on a career in medicine.
Atlas Township resident Carol Powers is the Vice Regent Genesee chapter DAR.
“The Genesee Chapter DAR is pleased to sponsor this yearly contest which showcases the many hardworking talented seniors in Genesee County High Schools,” said Powers. “This award, created in 1934 to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship, is widely recognized as a very high achievement and can be used on resumes’ and applications.”
On April 10 the top 10 essays, of 52 DAR Chapters statewide will be honored at a luncheon at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing.
Lilly is the daughter of Patricia and Jerry Bowman of Grand Blanc.