"My goal is to just be as good as I can be and hope to make an impact, whether that's just having the small things or someday making a huge difference in the world."
Dalton High School senior Hannah Barry was chosen as the school's Daughters of the American Revolution "Good Citizen" after receiving the most nominations and having the highest GPA. She was recognized at a reception on February 9.
According to the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest website, the recognition is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen, the student is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program, which consists of a personal statement and an essay.
"I'm incredibly honored to be nominated. I have really great teachers here who are the reason I can be the kind of person DAR was looking for," said Barry. "I try each day to be as good of a person as I can be, and it's great to have that support and to know that they see that in me."
Barry wrote her essay on why one's principles matter in society, namely on how she exhibits leadership, patriotism and dependability. She explained that leadership is important when striving to achieve a goal, and dependability is more of a person-to-person trait that is important in building all relationships. She said patriotism is important because the United States is a big influencer in the world. "There needs to be good coming out of it," she said. "People that believe in it [the country] to make it a good influence."
And although she did not win the scholarship, Barry can be proud of the leadership qualities she exudes, herself, that led to her nomination for Dalton High. She is involved with student council, Latin club, mock trial, theater ensemble and stage crew, BETA club, Skills USA and volunteering at the Dalton Chamber of Commerce DEM camp as a middle school counselor. She plans to go to college in Georgia, looking for somewhere she can explore being who she wants to be.
"I think being a good citizen boils down to the little things like having common decency, having nice conversations with people or supporting others when they are down. Then you see what it means to be a good citizen on a large scale, like nonprofits who are changing the world," said Barry. "My goal is to just be as good as I can be and hope to make an impact, whether that's just having the small things or someday making a huge difference in the world."