Daughter of the American Revolution Good Citizens were Kelly Marie Harris, Benjamin Russell High School; Beverly Anne Ceasar, Dadeville High School; Kristen Summer McKelvey, Horseshoe Bend High School; Marshall Luke Nichols, Lyman Ward Military Academy; and Lindsey Grace Zimmer, Reeltown High School. | Alison James

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Good Citizens Tea recognizes teens

Published 12:36pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

Good citizenship can sometimes go unnoticed, but five students from throughout the county were recognized for their achievements in school and contributions to their communities at the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizens Tea Tuesday.

The Tohopeka chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored one student from each one high school in the county: Kelly Marie Harris, Benjamin Russell High School; Beverly Anne Ceasar, Dadeville High School; Kristen Summer McKelvey, Horseshoe Bend High School; Marshall Luke Nichols, Lyman Ward Military Academy; and Lindsey Grace Zimmer, Reeltown High School.

“All of us know that our future rests in the hands of our youth today,” said Sharon Gaither, who presented the students with their certificates. “I do feel that we can place confidence in the future leadership in these five students.”

Students achievements were recognized at the tea, including club memberships, volunteer participation, grades and test scores, interests and future plans.

“I feel like somebody’s acknowledged me for all that I do,” Ceasar said. “I don’t do it to be acknowledged, but it’s nice.”

The students were presented with certificates and pins to commemorate their successes.

In addition to being the winner from Benjamin Russell High School, Harris was also chosen from the five to represent the county in a state competition.

“I’m just thankful that other people I’ve seen in my community – like I know Beverly from 4–H and I know Lindsey from Junior Leadership – they also were selected from their schools,” Harris said. “It’s nice to know there are others like me in the community who are good citizens.”

The tea also featured a speech from Kevin Payne, minister at First United Methodist Church, and refreshments.

“I’m pretty happy that I was chosen out of everybody at my school,” said Nichols. “I think it’s an extreme honor to receive.”

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