Notre Dame senior gets prestigious citizenship award

Evan Wells, who will graduate in May, earns special award from the Daughters of the American Revolution's local chapter.

Evan Wells, a senior at Notre Dame Prep, earned the prestigious "Good Citizen" award today for an essay he wrote for the local chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Sponsored by the Piety Hill chapter of DAR, located in Birmingham, the Good Citizens Awards and Scholarship Program grants awards for essay writing on an annual basis to area high schoolers.

A member of Notre Dame's student council, cross country team and the school's Praise and Worship Ensemble, Wells picked up his award at a ceremony held today at the Bloomfield Township Public Library.

This annual award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. 

In addition to receiving a scholarship, pin and a certificate from DAR for his winning essay, Wells, who also is a member of NDP's Model United Nations club and is involved in campus ministry, the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and the theatre department, received his own personal American flag that eventually will be flown over the nation's Capitol on his behalf. He also now goes on to a statewide DAR competition.

More on the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Award:
• This program is only open to high school seniors whose schools are accredited by their state board of education.

• Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s “DAR Good Citizen.”

• United States citizenship is not required.

• Additional rules and guidelines can be acquired by contacting your local DAR chapter.

• Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen, he or she is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay. Student participation in the scholarship portion of the program is optional.

More on the the Daughters of the American Revolution and its Piety Hill chapter: 
The DAR was founded in 1890 and incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress. The Piety Hill Chapter was founded in 1935. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing American’s future through better education. There are 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and overseas.

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