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DAR salutes Good Citizenship Award recipient, essay winner

March 1, 2011

Tuesday, DAR representatives Judy Heitzenrater (far left), historian; Jan Harrold (center), regent; and Sue Kaufman (far right), chairperson of the Good Citizenship Award committee, saluted Sadie Plyler (second from left), essay winner; and Melissa Blose, Good Citizenship Award recipient. (Photo by Jennifer Barr/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Tuesday, the Punxsy chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recognized PAHS senior Melissa Blose with its annual Good Citizenship Award, as well as 2010-11 essay winner Sadie Plyler, a student at the Punxsutawney Christian School.

• At PAHS, Blose is involved in Spanish Club; Key Club, serving as vice-president this year; is a Special Olympics helper; an office helper; and served on the Middle States planning team.
She has been a member of National Honor Society in grades 11 and 12 and has been named to the high honor roll in grades nine through 12. She is a letterwinner on the volleyball team and participated in the Junior Olympic Volleyball League. Further, she served as a baseball, basketball and volleyball statistician.

Blose received the VFW-Americanism Award and was named a Girl of the Month by the Punxsutawney Career Women’s Club.
She attended the National Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., and was named the 2010 Homecoming Queen.
In addition, Blose has been active in her church youth group and has volunteered for several extra-curricular church functions.

She enjoys spending time with friends and family, baby-sitting, helping at her father’s business and assisting in a photographer’s office.
Her future plans include attending Westminster College for elementary and special education.

The DAR Good Citizens program recognizes and rewards high school seniors, both girls and boys, who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, which includes truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality; leadership, which includes personality, self-control; the ability to assume responsibility; and patriotism, which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation, to an outstanding degree.

Each award is given on a merit basis including completion of a questionnaire, essay, scholastic record and two letters of recommendation. Only one student per year may be honored as the school’s DAR Good Citizen.

• Plyler, a seventh-grader at PCS, said she enjoyed writing the essay while portraying herself as Paul Revere, as she was able to use her own thoughts.
She and her family have four horses, five ducks, 18 rabbits and two dogs. She enjoys helping around the house and swimming during the summer months.

At school, Plyler said she likes having small classes, where she feels it is like home and everyone can be personable.
She enjoys singing, acting, writing, riding horses, spending time in the company of family and friends, attending church and volunteering.

In the future, Plyler seeks to pursue a career in either journalism or sales.

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