DAR to honor high school "Good Citizen" award-winners Feb. 12

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Local students recently were named DAR Good Citizen Award winners. On top from left are Brady Curran, Annawan High School; Trent DeDecker, Orion High School; and Anna Mason, Geneseo High School; and on bottom, Marlene Sack, AlWood High School; and Alyssa Smith, Cambridge High School.

Five area high-school students have been named “Good Citizens” by the Geneseo Chapter of the?National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The students will be honored Feb. 12 at a  1 p.m. Youth Awards Day ceremony at the Geneseo Community Center.

Good Citizen honorees are elected by their teachers and senior classmates. They must demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism to an outstanding degree.

The nominated students submitted applications including information on their school and community activities, a grade transcript, two letters of recommendation and an essay response.

The essay topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: Describe how the creation of our nation from many nationalities has or has not resulted in more than one American heritage.”

This year’s winners are:

Trent DeDecker

Trent DeDecker is a student at Orion High School. He is the son of Joseph and Julie DeDecker.

He is involved in sports and was selected as his football team’s MVP?in 2010 and 2011. He is vice president of the National Honor?Society and participates in the Big Brothers-Big Sisters program. He also is involved with numerous volunteer activities in his community.

After college, DeDecker hopes to become a physical therapist.

Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith is a student at Cambridge High School. She is the daughter of Beth Smith.

She is a four-year officer in the National Art Honor Society.

She also is active in volleyball, track and field and several other extracurricular activities. She is involved in community and church activities and helps with the local food pantry.

Smith’s future plans include becoming a psychologist or a grief counselor for young adults.

Brady Curran

Brady Curran is a student at Annawan High School. He is the son of Kevin and Karen Curran.

Curran is active in golf, cross country and basketball. He also is a member of several clubs at his school. He serves as a tutor and helps coach soccer.

He plans to attend St. Ambrose University and hopes to become a physical therapist.

Anna Mason

Anna Mason is a student at Geneseo High?School.?She is the daughter of James Mason and the late Julie Mason.

She is a member of the girls’ tennis team and sings in the choir. She is vice president of National Honor?Society and participates in other activities. She is involved in ministry and works as a nursery volunteer and a member of her church’s worship team. She sings and plays guitar at her church, in nursing homes and at the hospital.

Mason’s future plans include earning a master’s degree in Biblical studies.

Marlene Sack

Marlene Sack is a student at AlWood High?School. She is the daughter of Cliff and Teresa Sack.

She is a band member and performs in the jazz ensemble. She also is active in a number of extracurricular activities and community organization.

Sack says she uses her art to express her views of human fragility.