The Daughters of the American Revolution Clay County chapter met at the home of Jodi Lohman recently. There, the group honored two Clay County students for their exceptional essays.
Bailey Pell, a senior at Northview High School, and Casey Truax, a senior at Clay City High School (CCHS) won the DAR Good Citizen Committee's essay contest.
In the fall, essay guidelines from the committee were sent to the high schools. Administrators and teachers nominated one student to write the essay.
Once Pell and Truax were chosen, they had two hours each to complete their essays in the school. The essay guidelines were not given to them until the day they wrote the essays.
Main ideas of the essays were focused on loyalty, patriotism, American ideals and how they, as students, incorporate qualities of a good citizen.
The two students also had to submit two letters of recommendation and transcripts from their high school.
The DAR awarded the students with a certificate and pins for their essays.
When asked what they'd written about, Truax said he focused on voting.
"It's a small thing someone can do," Truax said, "but I focused on how important it is."
Pell, too, said she wrote about voting and other small obligations, such as jury duty, a citizen can fulfill to help their country.
Jeff Bell, principal of CCHS, was present at the meeting to congratulate the students on their work.
Of Truax, Bell said, "He is a fine young man who is representing our school well."