The Yazoo Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announces the 2018 Good Citizens Award winners: Sarah Elizabeth Hardy, Mary Russell Perry and Mollie Katherine Seale. All area high schools were sent information packets on how to enter. A DAR Good Citizen must be a Senior in High School who is chosen by the school counselor and/or the teachers. Good Citizen Award winners are presented with a DAR Good Citizen pin, a certificate, and a wallet card at their Awards Day Programs.
The winner of the Yazoo Chapter DAR Good Citizens Essay Contest is Sarah Elizabeth Hardy. She is the daughter of Shane and Melanie Hardy. This year's essay question was: Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: "How has America advanced the cause of freedom in the rest of the world.?"
Sarah Elizabeth Hardy is a senior at Benton Academy. She is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as President. She was chosen by her Principal to represent Benton Academy at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference. Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association chose Sarah to represent the State of Mississippi on a Leadership Tour of Washington, D.C. Sarah is a member of the Science Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She is active as a co-captain of her cheerleading squad, a member of the 2012 Class AA State Championship Softball Team and Best Runner in Track two years in a row. Her community activities include the following ministries: Alta Woods Methodist Gravy and Grace Ministry, Son Valley, and Magnolia Speech School. Sarah's plans for the future include attending Holmes Community College for two years before transferring to the University of Alabama. She will be honored at the MSSDAR State Conference.
Mary Russell Perry, a senior at Manchester Academy, is the daughter of Rusty and Wendy Perry. Mary is a member of the Beta Club, a participant of the Mississippi College Math and Science Tournament, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Council President. She was selected as a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Junior Staff Member and attended the University of APEX Leadership Summit. Mary received awards for her photography and was a member of the Drama Club. She was co-editor of Manchester's Yearbook. In sports, She was co-captain of the cheerleaders and was on the Tennis Team. Her community service included: Boys and Girls Club, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Kairos Prison Ministry, Care Packages for America's Military and Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser. Mary's future plans are to pursue a degree in nursing, specializing in pediatric travel nursing at the University of Mississippi.
Mollie Katherine Seale, a senior at Tri-County Academy, is the daughter of Jerry and Tracey Seale. Mollie is a member of the Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Vice President of the Student Council. She received Honor Roll her high school years. She is a member of the FCA Leadership Team. Mollie is affiliated with cheering here she qualified for All American Cheerleader, Basketball, and Diamond Girl for the Tri-County High School baseball team. Mollie's community service includes helping in the homeless shelters, soup kitchens and inner city ministries. Once a year she helps with Bible Study through her church in local communities. She also helps with children's church, nursery, and children's choir. In 2017 she went on a But God Ministry mission trip to Haiti. Mollie's future plans are to attend Mississippi State University majoring in Elementary Education.