DIXFIELD — Colonial Daughters Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Farmington, presented a Good Citizen Award to Justin William Richards on Feb. 11 at a Dirigo High School assembly.

The award was presented by Good Citizen Committee Chairwoman Deborah J. Judkins of Upton and Joanne Brann Page, chapter registrar, of Wilton.

Richards, son of Darlene and William Richards of Dixfield, received his pin and certificate signed by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution President General Mary Ann T. Wright and Maine Society DAR Regent Virginia S. Spiller.

Judkins said Colonial Daughters Chapter sponsors seven area schools to recognize excellence in high school seniors. Each school’s faculty nominates several candidates each year. The person who is chosen must have demonstrated each of the qualities as defined by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution to an outstanding degree.

Faculty said Richards is a people person and has strong leadership skills and a great deal of drive and determination; he sets his goals and works to accomplish them.

Richards has taken the college preparatory route by choosing the advanced options when they have been available. By the time he graduates, he will have completed math through trigonometry and Algebra II, five years of science, an advanced and an advanced placement course in English and the most rigorous social studies curriculum that Dirigo offers, including three advanced placement courses.

He is a member of the high school band, including concert, pop and jazz bands. He is an avid saxophone player.

In addition, Richards has participated in a variety of other school and community activities. He has played golf and tennis throughout high school, serving as a leader and role model to his teammates. He is a vice president of the senior class and is a member (and president) of Future Business Leaders of America and River Valley Interact, a high school organization connected to the Rotary.

Richards’ character and service have been recognized numerous times in classroom awards and he was chosen to attend Boys State. Richards is senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop 544 and has been working toward earning his Eagle Scout Badge. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor program has been scheduled for the near future.

Richards has been accepted at the University of Maine Orono campus next fall and plans to major in biology with a minor in pre-pharmacy. Upon completion of college he plans to attend grad school and become a pharmacist.

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