DIXFIELD — At a Dirigo High School assembly on Feb. 11, Donna Towle, a member of Colonial Daughters Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Farmington, presented a DAR Good Citizen Award to Jackiellen Bonney, daughter of Lolisa Windover of Dixfield.
Bonney received a Good Citizen pin and a certificate authorized and signed by the National Society’s President General, Lynn Forney Young, and Maine State Society’s Regent Sandra Swallow.
The Colonial Daughters Chapter sponsors six area schools to recognize excellence in high school seniors. Each school’s faculty nominates several candidates for this honor each year. The person chosen to receive the honor must have demonstrated each of the qualities as defined by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to an outstanding degree.
These qualities are dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Bonney has excelled in the Advanced Placement language and composition course, the A.P. U.S. history course and is currently enrolled in the A.P. government course. She served as class president her junior and senior years, class secretary her sophomore year and is currently secretary for the National Honor Society.
Due to leg injuries she has been unable to participate in sports and therefore pursued other school activities such as Backstage Play Crew, Outing Club, art camps at Haystacks School of Art and Maine College of Art sessions.
Bonney’s commitment to serve demonstrates her strong moral values. Her concern for others can also be seen in her work with Dirigo’s Civil Rights Team and Voices Committed to Change. The primary purpose of these groups is to improve the lives of others and make the school a safer, more positive place.
Her future plans and career goals are focused around her favorite activity, art. Since the beginning of her senior year she has volunteered her time in the local middle school art room as an assistant to the art teacher. She would like to earn a degree in art education and one day become “an official educator of the arts.”
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org.