Seven seniors named DAR Good Citizens

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FARMINGTON — The Colonial Daughters Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced that seven Franklin and Oxford county high school seniors have been chosen as DAR Good Citizens by their schools.

Dakota William Henry Turnbull of Rumford is the DAR Good Citizen for Dirigo High School; Hillary Del Monaco Deane of Jay, Jay High School; Jenny A Freeman of Livermore, Livermore Falls High School; Alana Deanne Knapp of Kingfield, Mt. Abram High School; Rebekah K Dunham of Farmington, Mt. Blue High School; Hollie L. Theriault of Rumford, Mountain Valley High School; and Emily Laurel Christensen of Rangeley, Rangeley Lakes Regional School.

Deborah J. Judkins of Upton, chairwoman of the Good Citizen Committee, said that the Colonial Daughters Chapter sponsors the schools to recognize excellence in the high school seniors. Each school’s faculty nominates several candidates for the honor each year. The person who is 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.

Turnbull, son of Jeff Turnbull, serves as the class treasurer. He also serves the school community as president of the Dunham Chapter of the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America. He was honored by Rotary in 2008 with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.

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Turnbull has served on the Prom Committee, as a student secretary, on the yearbook publication staff and as a volunteer for the yearly Freshman Step-up Day. He was recognized as the Student of the Month in September 2009.

Turnbull has been a member of the varsity tennis team for four years and served as a co-captain of the varsity soccer team. He received the Frank Keegan Memorial Athletic Award in 2009 for dedication, desire and attitude. Turnbull also belongs to the River Valley Interact Club and is a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Turnbull intends to pursue a degree in aviation science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Deane, daughter of Mary and Robert Deane, was inducted into National Honor Society as a sophomore and is serving as president of the chapter this year.

This year, she also established a free clothing store to help meet larger community needs.

Deane has been on the honor roll for all of her high school career and participates on several sports teams, including soccer, field hockey, track and field and varsity basketball.

In 2008, she was named the basketball Mountain Valley Conference Second Team All-Star and was a member of the All-Star Showcase: Girls Class C Western Maine Team. In 2009, she was named the Mountain Valley Conference First Team All-Star and the Maine Gold Rush All-Star.

Also in 2009, Deane was a member of the All-Star Showcase: Girls Class C Western Maine Team, the Sun Journal All-Region First Team and the Bangor Daily News Honorable Mention All-State Team. Deane was awarded with the 2009 Jay High School Tiger Paw Award and the 2009 Western Maine Most Valuable Player: Robin Colcord Award.

Deane has been elected to student council as a representative every year since starting her freshman year. She has served as president of the student council for the last three years after being secretary the first year. Each year, Deane has earned an award for outstanding work for the student council and the students at Jay High School.

Deane served on the Prom Committee and on the Older and Wiser Committee. She has served on the yearbook staff all four years and is currently senior editor. She was an honorary page for the Maine State Senate and a 2009 Dirigo Girls’ State delegate. Deane has been a ticket seller at football and basketball games, a senior tour guide for incoming freshmen, a volunteer library aide, a senior banquet server and a Miss Jay High Pageant escort.

She has earned early acceptance from the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Mass., where she has begun working toward a degree in photography.

Freeman, daughter of Lisa and Glenn Freeman, is the first student from her school to enroll in the College for Me Program. Having already earned her CNA, she is now a second-year student and is assisting the instructor in the Life Skills classroom and helping her peers in their CNA program.

Freeman is serving as a peer tutor in the resource room where she works with special education students. She also works with the residents at the Sandy River Nursing Home. Freeman plays on the school softball team and is involved in both the regular band and the jazz band.

Freeman is an active member of her church. She helps with child care during services and has been teaching Sunday school classes for many years. Her summer jobs have included lawn mowing for the church, neighborhood child care services and working as a CNA at the Winthrop Manor Nursing Home.

She enjoys being involved with the Fayette Firefighters Auxiliary where she helps provide and serve food and drinks. Freeman plans to attend a registered nursing program in college, which she has already started.

Knapp, daughter of Beverly and Dean Knapp, has earned a place on the honor roll every semester and was inducted into the National Honor Society last year. She earned the St. Michael’s Book Award for Scholarship and Service and was a competitor for the Knowledge Master Open last year. She has served her school community as a library technician for the last two years and is on the Dance Committee. She belongs to the Girls Book Club and is serving as president this year.

Knapp is a charter member of Western Mountain LEOs Club, the youth division of the Lions Club. She has served as the secretary and currently serves as the president.

Knapp has been an active member of the Community Playhouse Misfits and her church youth group. She was a member of the local Girl Scout troop for six years. She has helped pack food baskets for low income families during various holiday seasons for at least 12 years. She helps raise funding for the Lance Corporal Scott Paul Park in Strong during the Halloween holiday by volunteering at the Haunted Train Ride. She has participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the last three years.

During the summer, Knapp has worked for Economic Ministry sorting donations. Her other job has been for a jewelry making business, Lani K’s Macrame. She has been accepted at the University of Maine at Farmington in the Integrated Studies Program where she intends to explore her career possibilities.

Dunham, daughter of Ken and Diane Dunham, has been elected to the student council every year since starting high school, and is now serving as co-president. During her junior year she served as the vice president of the Maine State Student Council and as the president of the Western Maine Regional Student Council.

Dunham has earned a place on the honor roll every semester. She has been a member of the varsity track team for two years and earned a varsity letter. As a freshman, she earned an academic letter and then an academic pin as a sophomore. She sang in the chorus for the first three years and played in the orchestra all four.

During her freshman year, Dunham joined the Chick Lit Book Club, the Newspaper Club and the Civil Rights Team. She joined the Futures Team as a sophomore and the International Club as a junior. She joined the Ecology Club during her senior year and she also became the co-editor of the newspaper and president of the International Club.

She is active in her church and helps with youth group activities and teaches during the summer Vacation Bible School. She helps with the Temple Firemen’s Auxiliary and has been an active Girl Scout in Temple for many years, growing into an assistant and helper. Dunham provides child care services for seven families and is a cat sitter as well.

She is serving as a literacy volunteer and plans to attend college to major in elementary education.

Theriault, daughter of Judilee Whittemore, has earned academic honors every semester and has been in National Honor Society for three years where she has participated in service projects that support the community inside and outside the school.

Theriault participates in a varsity sport in three seasons each year and earned the Tri-Athlete Award in 2008 and 2009. She joined the fall and winter cheerleading teams as a freshman and the varsity lacrosse team as a sophomore. She is a member of all three teams again this year. She earned the Girls Lacrosse 2008 Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Award.

Theriault served as class president in her sophomore and junior years, guiding the Prom Committee and class fundraising for Project Graduation as well as running the concession stand for home sports games. She is active in her church youth ministry group.

Starting in her freshman year, Theriault, along with her sister and mom, volunteered for the Trek Across Maine Bike Trek. In her junior year she added the American Heart Association Heart Walk.

Theriault plans to teach at elementary school levels after completing a degree program at college. She intends to also become an aerobics instructor. She has been an employee at McDonald’s since 2008.

Christensen, daughter of Nini and Peter Christensen, has demonstrated her leadership skills by serving as the 2010 class treasurer for her freshman, sophomore and senior years and as vice president for her junior year. She was inducted into National Honor Society as a sophomore and is an active member of her chapter.

As a junior, she was on the math team, earned the National Scholastic Art Award Silver Key and the Optimus Scriptor Award and attended the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Christensen served one year as the varsity basketball manager where she was named East-West Manager of the Year, three years each on the varsity ski team and the varsity softball team and four years on the varsity soccer team, serving as the captain for the last two years.

As a junior, she participated in the Dutch Soccer Academy Italia Tour. In 2009, she was named to the Maine Coaches All State Western Team and the East-West Class D All Conference Team.

Christensen has been a member of Girl Scouts for two years, the Outdoor Club for three years and both the Interact Club and the Green Club for four years.

Her service credits for Rotary include volunteering for the annual Halloween parties and being a server at the annual cookout, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. She volunteers at Saddleback Daycare, at elderly housing bingo games, for local yard improvement, scenic by-ways and the RLRS Grandparents Day. In 2009, she served as the Fit and Fun Captain, helped with the summer soccer program and volunteered at Acadia National Park.

Christensen worked for Sunrise View Farm as a commercial berry picker and farmer. She has been employed by Saddleback Mountain as a ski instructor and she provides child care in her community as well. Her future plans are to use her love for children and art to inspire young children through her art.

Colonial Daughters Chapter will entertain the DAR Good Citizens, their parents and school principals at a luncheon and awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 23, at Old South Congregational Church. The guest speaker will be Dean Merchant from Stratham, N.H., a freelance writer, researcher and collector of personal oral histories.

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