Kosciusko — The Agnes Pruyn Chapman Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the DAR Good Citizens for the 2021-2022 school year. The 2022 DAR Good Citizens are Jaeda Carpenter, Emma Christenberry, Dreidyn Hernandez and Hannah Weirick.
Each fall, four Kosciusko County high schools have the opportunity to choose one senior student who exemplifies the following qualities:
Dependability – truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality and being worthy of trust;
Service – cooperation, courtesy and contributing to the welfare of others;
Leadership – includes personality, ability to assume responsibility and to inspire others and a decision-maker; and lastly,
Patriotism – devotion to and support of the United States of America, supporting service members and veterans and working for causes that make one’s community stronger.
A student chosen as a Good Citizen may elect to participate in the DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Contest by providing a “resume,” grade transcript, letters of recommendation and writing an impromptu, timed essay on the provided topic. This year’s scholarship essay title was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It,” with the focus question of, “How do the qualities of a good citizen (dependability, service, leadership and patriotism) help support our nation?”
Jaeda Carpenter was named Agnes Pruyn Chapman Chapter DAR Good Citizen by independent, non-DAR judges. Her portfolio was sent for competition in the state DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Contest. Jaeda Carpenter is the daughter of Larry Carpenter, Rochester. At Tippecanoe Valley High School she is a member of Student Council, Peer Facilitators, Unified Council, National Honor Society, softball and volleyball manager,
Indiana Association of Student Councils and several other activities. She received Academic All State-Volleyball Support Staff award in 2021. Jaeda has been employed detailing cars, working the Little League concession stand, and babysitting. She has several areas of volunteer work. The future plan is to attend Purdue University and major in Exploratory Studies to find a career that she loves. She wants to continue to serve her community and be a mentor for students.
Emma Christenberry is the daughter of Wayne and Sharon Christenberry, Warsaw. Her activities at Warsaw Community High School include yearbook staff, Philharmonic Orchestra, the Art category in Academic Super Bowl, and National Honor Society. Extracurricular activities and serving include Youth for Christ, Church Youth Group and youth ministry in her place of worship. She has been employed at Jimmy Johns. Future plans are to go to Grace College majoring in Art and minoring in Behavioral Science to become an art therapist helping people who need a positive outlet of expression.
Driedyn Hernandez is the son of Schaya Hernandez and Driedyn Hernandez, Syracuse.
At Wawasee High School, he is a member and captain of the football team and honorable mention All-Conference. Dreidyn belongs to DECA and yearbook club and has completed many business courses at Wawasee. He has coached Upwards basketball and worked at Subway where he received a Customer Service star pin. Driedyn will attend college and achieve a bachelor degree in Business Management.
Hannah Weirick is the daughter of Jon and Valerie Weirick, Columbia City. Hannah is a student at Lakeland Christian Academy where she is class president, played varsity volleyball and received Academic All-Conference and is a member of National Honor Society. She enjoys her church, 4-H, 4-H Junior Leaders and has been a 4-H camp counselor. Hannah’s hobbies include photography, reading, bike riding, making jewelry and more. Her plan is to attend Cedarville University in Ohio with a major either in environmental science or business and a minor in biblical missions.
These four students, Jaeda Carpenter, Emma Christenberry, Driedyn Hernandez, and Hannah Weirick were honored at the March meeting of the Agnes Pruyn Chapman Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.