Good Citizen awards given to six students

Dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Six area high school seniors who demonstrate those qualities were awarded Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen certificates on Saturday.

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave out the certificates and selected Fruita Monument High School student Hillary Laga, 17, to receive a scholarship check for her community service and academic involvement.

The other students, who were honored during Saturday’s ceremony, were Jessica Earl from Central High School, Brionne Griffin from Grand Junction High School, Heather Austin from Palisade High School, Clancy Jandreau from Plateau Valley High School and Heather Wanstedt from Rangely High School.

At the end of the ceremony, Anita Caldwell, Good Citizen Program committee chairwoman, told the students, “You are smart, and you are capable. You will do well with that.”

She called them “wonderful young adults and future leaders” adding, “Their grades are among the highest in their school. Their activities are diverse, and they excel in them all.”

Laga said her interest in being a global citizen motivated and inspired her to become involved in the community. After college, she plans to join the Peace Corps.

Of all her activities, she said she is most proud of her involvement in community service, which includes tutoring and working at the Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen.

Her parents are Caprice and Barry Laga of Grand Junction. Laga said she will attend the University of Chicago in the fall.

Laga’s essay and references were sent to the state Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Program competition. A winner will be announced in April.


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