Each year local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution select outstanding high school seniors to receive the Good Citizens Award.
The program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Award winners must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
This year, the Sarah Platt Decker Chapter selected Casey Crow as the recipient of the Good Citizens Award from Pagosa Springs High School.
Casey’s school activities include the student council, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Fine Arts Magnet Academy, broadcast journalism, volleyball, recycling club, and the yearbook staff. She is listed in the Who’s Who High School Edition, is on the Honor Roll, has received the Academic Achievement Award and is currently in the running for valedictorian. Some of her community activities include teaching dance classes, working with elementary school students in an after school program, doing community outreach work on the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and working at the Signs and Wonders summer camp and Stillcreek Children’s Ranch.
Casey was presented her award at the Awards Tea in Durango on Feb. 20 along with two other young women from area high schools. Brittany Davila was presented with the DAR Good Citizens Award for Durango High School and Hannah Fox was the Bayfield High School DAR Good Citizens Award winner.
Winners of the Good Citizens Award are also eligible to enter the Good Citizens Scholarship Contest. The contest consists of two parts. In the first part of the contest, each entrant prepares a brief essay on the importance of the four qualities of good citizenship and how they have exhibited those qualities in their life and their relationship with others.
The second part of the contest is comprised of a written essay completed under the supervision of a faculty member. The essay must be handwritten, completed within a two-hour time limit at one sitting and without assistance or reference materials. The essay topic is presented at the time of the actual writing so there is no opportunity for advance preparation. This year’s topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility in Preserving It: What is the Greatest Challenge We Face in America Today?”
All three young women chose to enter the essay contest and Casey Crow was the author of the winning essay. Her essay will now advance to the state level where it will be judged against the winners from the other thirty-nine Colorado DAR chapters. In her essay she writes “… our heritage is made up of the many individuals that made choices that brought them from ordinary people to extraordinary leaders ... As American citizens it is our responsibility to not only preserve our heritage but appreciate it and keep the American spirit alive. In this day and age our country is hard at work battling [many] issues. However, none of these things pose the biggest threat to the preservation of our heritage. The opposing enemy is much more subtle, and it lies in the minds of our people. The thief himself goes by the name of forgetfulness ... I feel as though many times we become so caught up in the present challenges and opportunities that we forget the very people who made a way for us in the beginning ... The solution to this issue of preservation is not complex. All it takes is one person who refuses to forget and who is willing to teach the next generation …”
We are fortunate to have future leaders such as Casey Crow. The Sarah Platt Decker Chapter is proud to recognize her with the Good Citizens Award.