Five young women in Bartow County have been honored for exemplifying the characteristics of good citizenship.
The Etowah Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented its annual Good Citizen Awards to five high school seniors in a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Bartow County Senior Center on Zena Drive in Cartersville.
Lori Cimino from Adairsville High, Jocelyn Blanchette from Cartersville High, Andrea Mosqueda Cruz from Cass High, Anna Lane Hattaway from Excel Christian Academy and Jordan Duck from Woodland High were presented pins, certificates and $25 checks for displaying the qualities of a good citizen, including honor, honesty, trustworthiness, loyalty, service, unselfishness, courage, leadership, self-control, good sportsmanship, responsibility and patriotism.
“Their actions inspire others to learn more, do more and achieve more,” said chapter Vice Regent and State Historian Amy Nation, filling in for committee Chairwoman Beth Williams, who was dealing with a family health concern. “I’m excited with their eagerness to serve and the leadership that they’ve already shown and exhibited. They’re going to do well. These are America’s future leaders. And I’m grateful that Bartow County is going to be well-represented.”
Nation said each school chooses its nominee based on the requirements set forth by the DAR, which includes the candidate submitting a transcript, letters of reference and an essay.
“Typically the faculty will nominate a candidate, and the student body will confirm that,” she said. “Each school has a little bit different way that they select.”
She also said the schools are doing “an outstanding job” of choosing their winners.
“That’s nice that the schools are on mark and on point,” she said.
Duck, 18, had a hard time believing she’d been selected as Woodland’s Good Citizen winner.
“I was beyond excited,” the Cartersville resident said. “I was surprised that me, out of all the people in my grade, got chosen because there are so many good girls and everything, but I was honored.”
Dual-enrolled at Georgia Highlands College, Duck has played varsity softball for four years, had the highest GPA on the softball team for three years in a row and was nominated for the all-region first team and all-county first time her senior year.
She also has served as sophomore and junior class treasurer, senior class vice president and senior editor of the yearbook and belongs to Beta Club, National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.
With a 4.0 GPA, Duck is ranked fourth in the senior class and earned a Georgia Certificate of Merit for being in the top 5 percent of her class.
The Bartow Youth Leadership Program graduate has been accepted to Kennesaw State University, the University of North Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology but is undecided on which one she’ll attend.
She does know, however, that she wants to major in either environmental architecture or environmental engineering.
Cimino, 18, was thrilled to be chosen as AHS’s Good Citizen.
“I was very excited to represent my school and thankful that my peers and the staff at my school thought of me enough that I would represent my school best,” she said. “It meant a lot, and I hope that I can further impact my school.”
The Cartersville resident, who plans to attend UNG to purse a nursing degree, is president of the senior class, vice president of Beta Club, a four-year varsity basketball player, a two-year member of the varsity cheer team and a volunteer at her church.
Cruz, 17, said she was “surprised” to find out she’d been selected as Cass’ winner.
“I didn’t expect it,” she said. “Out of all the seniors, I believe I’m good, but I’m not that great so to receive an award like this, I’m honored, so honored.”
The Cartersville resident is a straight-A student and has the highest average in some of her classes.
She also is a member of NHS, Beta Club, SkillsUSA, HOSA-Future Health Professionals and Future Business Leaders of America.
Being named a Good Citizen meant a lot to Blanchette.
“I was honored and humbled because I didn’t know I had that much of an impact on my school, but I was excited to know that I had such a positive impact on my community,” she said.
The 17-year-old belongs to Beta Club and NHS and is a leader in her church.
A resident of Cartersville, Blanchette plans to attend Georgia Tech to study business administration and wants to own her own business in the future.
Hattaway, who has attended Excel for 10 years, said she felt “excited” when she learned she’d been named a Good Citizen.
“I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, but once my counselor explained it, I was really honored that I was nominated,” she said.
The 17-year-old Cartersville resident has been on the basketball, soccer and cross country teams, belongs to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was named the 2019 homecoming queen.
Hattaway, who is undecided about her future plans and goals, has received several athletic awards as well as the Christian Character Award and Eagle Award.
She has been a Splash Bartow volunteer and has participated in her church’s vacation Bible schools and mission trips.