DAR chapter names Good Citizen winner

Aaron Hall, a Minarets Charter High School senior, is the Daughters of the American Revolution California State Good Citizen after winning at the local Sierra Foothills Chapter and District V levels. He will be introduced and honored at the DAR State Conference in Irvine in March.

Two other area students were honored along with Hall at the local level at a ceremony held by the Sierra Foothills DAR Chapter. Maxine Chance, a senior at Glacier High School Charter (GHSC), and Paige Szabadi, a senior at Yosemite High School, were honored at the local event where each was presented with a certificate and scholarship check.

The students were chosen by their respective high schools based on criteria of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Their applications are then judged on: high school activities and honors; involvement in making a positive difference in their communities; preparation for a future career through high school courses taken, volunteerism or a part-time job and extra-curricular activities.

The students can only be considered for advancement if they have won at the local level and have completed an essay based on that year’s focus. This year’s essay, Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It, focused on “What new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future?”

“Ever since my freshman year when my dad was deployed, I have hosted a Military Appreciation Baseball Game to honor veterans and raise funds for Doc’s Dogs for Vets (a local non-profit organization),” Hall said. “Over the three years I have hosted this event, I have been fortunate to raise over $10,000 to help give the veterans an enjoyable afternoon and donate to an organization that helps both shelter dogs and veterans.”

In addition, Hall tutors younger students in math, is captain of his varsity baseball team and maintains a 4.0 grade point average taking many AP courses. He founded the Minarets I Love History Club, has been a member of the Key Club and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Hall’s plans include attending a four-year university to major in business, economics or kinesiology and then serving as an officer in the U.S. Army.

The three local Good Citizen honorees contributed to communities at large in a variety of ways.

“Participating in ASB (student leadership) has helped me contribute to my (community) a lot,” said Chance who attends GHSC. “It’s given me many community service opportunities. I completed two leadership projects. . . I hosted a self-defense class, instructed by jiu-jitsu teachers, for a group of kids in Fresno. For my second project, I worked with a friend to make a small box (like one of those mini libraries) and set it up at a church and filled it with canned food for those who needed it.”

Chance wants to pursue a career in art by creating her own clothing and skate brand.

Szabadi, YHS’s Good Citizen, has been a part of ASB and on the yearbook staff through all four years of high school. She has been a member of the varsity softball team since her freshman year, is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the Interact Club and is a co-founder of the Debate Club.

“Throughout high school, I have been a part of the leadership team,” Szabadi said. “We organize all events and activities for students at YHS. To look around and see students enjoying themselves is amazing, because I get to think to myself, ‘I was part of this. We did this.’ There is no better feeling than that.”

She plans on attending a four-year university in California, majoring in political science. “I would like to have a career in community service based work or work with a non-profit organization,” Szabadi said. “Someday, I would like to enter into politics. I would like to feel I have made a difference by the end of my life.”

As the state Good Citizen winner, Hall’s essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation and resume of activities and accomplishments will be sent to the Southwest Division Chair to be judged at that level.

The local Sierra Foothills DAR Chapter is a part of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. Focused on education, historic preservation and patriotism, it is a non-profit, non-political women’s service organization comprised of lineal descendants of those who fought for the cause of Independence in 1776.