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Valley students receive DAR Good Citizen awards

Posted: Thursday, Feb 28th, 2013

Monte Vista Chapter DAR Good Citizens Samuel Aragon, Del Norte; Linda Kolb, Sargent; Ofelia Gonzalez, Center; Rebecca Bay, Monte Vista. Not pictured – Hillary Morris, Creede and Rebecca Drake, Moffat.

MONTE VISTA—Monte Vista Chapter NSDAR honored the 2013 recipients of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Award on Feb. 19 at the Veteran’s Museum at Homelake.

Following the welcome and introductions a brief history of the DAR was given. The good citizen from each school district was introduced by Sue Getz and Kay Berry. Their parents presented them with their pins. Certificates will be presented at the end of the year awards assemblies at each school.

Hillary Morris’ essay was chosen to be submitted to the state for the scholarship competition.

The student receiving the Good Citizen Award is a senior chosen by their school. They demonstrate qualities of dependability, showing cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others, leadership qualities, patriotism and are active in their school and community.

Ofelia Gonzalez

Ofelia attends Center High School. She is secretary of the National Honors Society, on the honor roll and works with the Backpack Project. She led in the development of an anti-bullying campaign with the theme, “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully.” She also led in creating a program to increase parental support. She is a very dependable employee helping with various after school work. Extracurricular activities include STARS and Viking Navigators as a peer teacher, Upward Bound, serving on the School Advisory Committee, reading and dancing. She plans to attend college working toward a degree in psychology or international relations. Her parents are Enrfqueta Ayala and Pedro Gonzalez.

Hillary Morris

Hillary is from Creede High School. She is currently class president, as well as SADD and NHS president. She was the Mason’s outstanding junior student in 2011. Academic awards have been received in math, psychology, history, English, Spanish, geography and business. She participated in basketball, volleyball and track and is assistant coach to junior high volleyball team. Some of her extracurricular activities include volunteering with Operation Christmas Child, the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee an the Forest Service where she assembled picnic tables to be placed in camp grounds. During the tourist season she has been a waitress at the Creede Hotel, MJ’s Café and the Old Firehouse. She also has been a babysitter for children vacationing with their parents at the 4UR Guest Ranch. A few of her hobbies are reading, creative writing, attending the Creede Repertory Theatre, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. While undecided on a major she plans to attend college and would like to be a Peace Corps volunteer. David and Patti Morris are Hillary’s parents.

Samuel Aragon

Samuel is from Del Norte High School. Samuel has been a member of the football team four years and has been voted captain since being a sophomore. He has also lettered in basketball and track and field. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, student council and is president of the Science Club. He is enrolled in river ecology where the river is monitored and tested every week. He has worked for his father’s construction company, Sammy A. Construction, since he was 14. He plans to attend college and get a master’s degree in architecture. Samuel’s parents are Samuel and Susanna Aragon.

Rebecca Mae Drake

Rebecca is from Moffat High School. She is the president of National Honor Society and senior class representative for student council. She participated in volleyball, basketball and track with emphasis on volleyball and is manager for the middle school’s girls’ volleyball team. She is involved with Skills USA, Peer mediation and takes part in local theater plays. She is a seven year member of the Poncha Livestock 4-H club, focusing on horsemanship and market livestock. She is planning to take EMT classes at Trinidad State Junior College and eventually go into law enforcement. Richard and Virginia Drake are Rebecca’s parents.

Rebecca LeAnne Bay

Rebecca attends Monte Vista High School. She is active in Key Club, student council and was junior class president. She plays volleyball and is a team leader helping players to improve volleyball skills. She also helps students with homework. She volunteers at La Puente and Evergreen Nursing Home. She works as a housekeeper at Comfort Inn in Alamsoa and babysits. Her hobbies are going to church, spending time in the mountains and hanging out with friends. Future plans include attending Adams State University to pursue a degree in Special Education. Rebecca’s parents are Jeff and Tara Bay.

Linda Marie Kolb

Linda is from Sargent High School. She is class secretary, Spanish Club treasurer and National Honor Society president. She has competed in district and state in Future Business Leaders of America, History Day and Pan American Day. She is also active in the Drama Club. She has been manager for middle school, JV and varsity high school cross country. She has participated in Ski Hi Stampede as flag carrier and booth operator for Tough Enough to Wear Pink. She is a regular blood donor. She works at Carnegie Public Library, is a National Guard reserve soldier and is a house/baby/livestock sitter for several families. Her hobbies include writing poetry, reading, participating in family activities, working on the ranch with her father and hanging out with friends. Bill and Rebecca Kolb are her parents.

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