LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Six high school seniors of Tippecanoe County have been recognized for their exceptional work in and outside of the classroom.
They each received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award Good Citizenship Award.
“It was the first time when I won this award that I started thinking, you know, I can really contribute to my society,” said Judge Sean Persin, speaker at this year’s award ceremony.
Life came full circle for Sean Persin, Judge of the Tippecanoe County Circuit Court. He went from standing on stage as a recipient for the DAR Good Citizenship Award to honoring this year's winners.
“I received the award back when I was in high school and at that time it just gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment in being a good member of the community,” said Persin.
This award is given to one high school senior from each of the six high schools in Tippecanoe County. Teachers nominated students for their exceptional work of scholarship, leadership, service, and patriotism in the community.
“Each of these students has been a very good academic student and has also excelled in volunteerism, leadership. Some have been leaders in different clubs and organizations,” said Linda Sorensen, Chair of Scholarships for the DAR Citizenship award.
Sorensen said many past award winners have gone on to do great things.
“We have seen some of these students go forward become very involved in their communities just as our speaker today,” said Sorensen.
The students are already feeling the impact of their honorable actions.
“I don't know the other people that well but they seem like great people and just being honored among them is just amazing,” said Thomas Day, award recipient of West Lafayette High School.
This year's recipients feel especially honored for being nominated by teachers and classmates.
“It's an honor honestly because you have to be recommended by teachers and then also your peers so it means a lot to me,” said Shannon Scheetz, the award winner from Central Catholic High School.
“It means a lot that the student body chose me, It means a lot that my teachers chose me. It makes me feel like I'm on the right track and I'm doing something well,” said Joshua Smith, the award recipient from Harrison High School.
The students left with a message they’ll carry on as they head into their next chapter life.
“It's really important for us to realize that we can really contribute to society now and that our opinions and points matter,” said Mitchell Cox, the award recipient from Benton Central High School.
Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. High school students in Tippecanoe County have been receiving the DAR Good Citizenship Award since 1934.
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