(From left, front row) Chapter Outstanding Citizenship awards Chairman Harry Nelson; Compatriot Bill Wilson; Thomas Boyer; Julie Bruns, Megan Wittich, Tristen Carroll, Katelyn Fox; Compatriot Robert Ridenour; (back row) Compatriot Jim DeGroff, Mike Stimac, Willow Ann Tolly, Anthony Stephens, Hunter Joseph Bassler, Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter President Marv Meng and Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter Vice President Charles Dobias.
Eighteen high school students were recognized with Outstanding Citizenship awards from the Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution April 30 at the First Christian Church in Edwardsville.
The students were nominated by their schools based on their dependability, cooperative spirit, leadership, service to their school and community, evidence of personal values and patriotism.
Local honorees included Brandon Rose, Alton High School; Tyler J. Hutchinson, Bond County High School; Katie Diane Kroll, Brownstown High School; Rebecca Oswald, Calhoun High School; Julie Bruns, Civic Memorial High School; Thomas Boyer, Collinsville Sr. High School; Mike Stimac, East Alton-Wood River High School; Willow Ann Tolly, Edwardsville High School; Ellie Halpin, Gillespie High School; Ronald Plogger, Greenfield High School; Megan Wittich, Marquette Catholic High School; Austin Schillinger, Metro East Lutheran High School; Nathaniel Spaller, Mount Olive High School; Cameron Locher, North Greene High School; Anthony Stephens, Ramsey High School; Tristen Carroll, Roxana High School; Katelyn Fox, Staunton High School; and Hunter Joseph Bassler, Triad High School.
Each recipient received a certificate, a pin and a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America. The SAR Outstanding Citizenship Award is presented in recognition of the recipient’s furthering of American citizenship principles.
“The SAR has been instrumental in promoting the qualities of dependability, cooperation, leadership and patriotism in the community and nationwide for many years,” Chapter Chairman Harry Nelson said. “We are pleased to honor these outstanding students.”
Each year the chapter invites high schools in Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Bond, Calhoun, Greene, and Montgomery counties to select one young man or woman from their senior class.