Dar Good Citizen Scholarship Winner 2016, Dar Presents Awards To Local Students

Marion High School senior Brandon Sanders reads his winning essay at a recent Blue Savannah-Swamp Fox Chapter meeting in Mullins.

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MULLINS, S.C. – The Blue Savannah – Swamp Fox Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, through the DAR Good Citizens award program, annually honors seniors in high school who embody the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.

Each year an outstanding senior is selected by the faculty of each accredited high school in Marion County to receive the DAR Good Citizens award for that school. The winners this year are Brandon Sanders, Marion High School, son of Tillman and Amy Sanders; Caroline Klauber, Pee Dee Academy, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Elizabeth Klauber; Sherman Smith, Mullins High School, son of Machelle Moody and Sherman Smith, Jr.; and, Zakira Felder, Creek Bridge High School, daughter of Marvin and Deborah Felder.

Each student elected to enter the optional Good Citizens Scholarship Essay Contest this year. The contest requires a student to submit background information, including a transcript and references, and to develop a paper about high school experiences, home and community service, extra-curricular activities, and future plans.

Writing the essay is a challenge, as the topic is not given to the student ahead of time and the student must write the essay in the presence of a faculty member in a specific time period, using no reference materials, relying on general knowledge and ability to communicate in writing.

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Although each of the Good Citizens winners is outstanding in many areas, the Chapter winner, Brandon Sanders, is an exceptional, well-rounded student, ranked first in a class of 152 students, a class leader all four years, an honor student in many subjects and talented in music and sports, contest coordinators said.

For example, Brandon was vice-president of his Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior classes, Head Junior Marshal, and Student Body President this year. He also played varsity tennis all four years and participated in Symphonic, Jazz, Concert and Marching Bands, culminating in his serving as Drum Major this year. Sanders’ other interests include Beta Club, Science Club, Math Club, Academic Challenge Team, Pee Dee AHEC and Claflin University honors programs. He serves others through his church youth groups and as a volunteer with special needs children.

Along with the other school winners, he will receive a commemorative pin, certificate of achievement, and a wallet card from the Chapter at school awards day. The pin is surrounded by 13 stars representing the original 13 colonies. A band of blue enamel identifies it with the National Society. The qualities of good character which the DAR emphasizes – dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism – are engraved in the center. Circling these is a laurel wreath of honor, and behind them is the torch of understanding.

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