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Linda Kellett - DAR Good Citizen Award presenter Carol Weaver, left, addresses Fort Plain High School senior Jocelyn Arndt and her mother, Libby, and St. Johnsville High School senior Alex Hart and his father, John, about the symbolism of the Good Citizen pin during Saturday’s annual award luncheon.

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Arndt, Hart selected as 2012 DAR Good Citizens

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - Updated: 9:07 AM

By LINDA KELLETT

C-S-E News Staff

FORT PLAIN — Continuing a tradition started in 1936 and changed in 1976 to include male recipients, members of the Fort Plain and St. Johnsville chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awarded two graduating seniors with Good Citizen Awards on Saturday.

In a brief ceremony during the chapter’s annual award luncheon, DAR Good Citizen Award presenter Carol Weaver indicated that Fort Plain High School senior Jocelyn Arndt and St. Johnsville High School senior Alex Hart were nominated as this year’s award recipients by their respective high school teachers and elected by their peers.

She said the honor is afforded to people that serve as assets to their community and school.

Each recipient was awarded a certificate and pin, on which appears a lamp symbolizing the light of learning. Weaver said the lamp sits on four volumes of books, which represent dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Other symbols on the pin include a laurel wreath around the books.

Weaver said that represents the wreaths of antiquity that were presented to great men and women.

Additionally, stripes on the pin represent the original 13 colonies, Weaver said.

Arndt, the daughter of Libby and Ted Arndt, would like to go to college to study medicine and continue her study of music. She has applied to Early Decision Harvard and Columbia University.

She is an honor student and serves as Student Council president. Additionally, she’s involved in the National Honor Society, the school’s peer-mentor program, band, chorus, Harmony, and ski instruction at Gore Mountain. She’s also a performer and vocalist for The Dependents rock band with her brother, Chris. Both do many charitable performances.

Hart, the son of John Hart, is involved in sports, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Yearbook Club as well as engaged with a number of community service organizations. He is hoping to attend Columbia, Syracuse University or the University at Albany to study business.

“Being a good citizen and being involved in your community makes you not only feel good, but it also makes you a good person,” he concluded.

Weaver noted Hart’s older brother and his grandmother were also selected as former DAR Good Citizens.

Both seniors expressed appreciation for the honor.

The local chapter includes about 38 members from St. Johnsville, Fort Plain and surrounding areas.

     

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