Five Recent Graduates Receive NSDAR Good Citizenship Award
The NSDAR Good Citizenship Award was presented to five local high school students for their service to their respective schools and communities. The recipients represent Pontiac, Prairie Central, Dwight, Flanagan-Cornell and Tri-Point high schools.
This year’s winners are:
Melina Schuette of Tri-Point High School
Melina is the daughter of Aaron Schuette and Shari Schuette of Piper City. At the time of entering his Good Citizen, his GPA was 3.90 (WGPA) 3.95. In her class, Melina ranked third out of 33 students.
Melina believes in the four qualities of DAR Good Citizen. It grew and prospered from these ideals. In today’s world, these ideals of service, leadership, reliability and patriotism are not only vital for individuals but for society as a whole.
Melina also believes she is a person who takes leadership very seriously, showing leadership through hard work, staying focused and in control in stressful situations.
In addition to her success in the classroom, Melina has been very active in a wide range of school activities: she has served as president of the National Honor Society, student council, and vice president of student government. She was also an integral part of the women’s basketball, volleyball, and track and field teams.
In the community, she is responsible for her church’s young children’s group, participates in community days, is involved in the library program, teaches religious education classes, sings in the church choir and is a waitress. at Monica’s.
For her, patriotism is modeled by setting a good example, supporting and helping others, going the extra mile, being dependable, having a great work ethic, and being committed to the school and its community. .
Melina hopes to continue her studies in a four-year college and obtain a BS. in primary education. She aspires to be a teacher who inspires her students to be the best version of themselves.
William Weber of Flanagan-Cornell High School
William is the son of Daniel and Heather Weber of Flanagan. At the time of his enrollment in DAR Good Citizen, he ranked fourth out of 44 students. With a GPA of 3.885. William’s entry was selected to advance to the district competition.
William participated in many clubs and activities at FCHS. He has served on the National Honor Society, vice president of the FFA, student council member, and class vice president. He was active in football, basketball, baseball, swim team and bass fishing team.
Within his community, William has volunteered for many service projects. Through the FFA he raked leaves for people, as a student council member he picked up trash all over town, worked for the Midwest Food Bank packing boxes of food, larger food pallets for other food banks and crisis supplies. His Eagle Scout service project involved clearing over 640 square feet of shoreline on a lake to create a better fishing area and fish habitat. William erected a gazebo to provide information so visitors could identify the different types of fish. Besides Boy Scouts, William was very involved in 4-H and showed pigs on his family pig farm.
William plans to attend the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and major in natural resources, fisheries, and conservation. He hopes to become a professional fisherman. Other plans include remaining active in the scouts, acting as an assistant scout master and merit badge adviser.
Grace Mund High School of Pontiac Township
Grace is the daughter of Eric and Laura Mund of Odell. At the time of entering his Good Citizen, his GPA was 4.0 and ranked first out of 160 students.
Grace served in Peers in Action, was elected to the National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Tri-M and Senior Class Secretary. Other activities were Yearbook, all Band parts (dynamism, march, concert and symphonic). His athletic involvement involved frosh and JV basketball. To top it off, she held several positions within these activities and programs.
Other activities included working the Pontiac Holiday Tournament as an office worker, cleaning parks and roadsides, packing meals for the homeless, and making toys for dogs in animal shelters.
Grace plans to attend Olivet Nazarene University. She hopes to get a degree in elementary education.
Kenna Skaggs of Prairie Central High School
Kenna is the daughter of Jaime and JD Skaggs of Chenoa. When he entered, his weighted GPA was 3.862 and his class rank was 11 out of 119 students.
Kenna has been very active inside and outside of school. She is PCHS Leadership President for the Class of 2022, District 9 State Farm Sales Champion, FFA Chapter 9 Reporter, and Prairie Central Representative for Operation Snowball. She has been a member of the women’s golf and softball teams for four years and has received several awards.
Outside of school, she is a certified lifeguard at Chenoa and CAPS pools, an agricultural assistant, a customer service representative at Peterson Chevrolet Buick Inc., a leader in the Christian athlete community, involved in NuAg technology, and babysitting.
Kenna likes to give back. She helps pack monthly meals for students, rakes leaves and shovels snow for the elderly, and works her church’s fry.
His future plans include earning a degree in construction engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After graduating, she wants to go home and work for a construction company. just another way to give back.
Rachel Heath of Dwight Township High School
Rachel is the daughter of Kim Heath and Brian Heath of Dwight. At the time of Rachel’s entry, her 4.048 GPA and class ranking were first out of 49.
Rachel has been very active inside and outside of school. At DTHS, Rachel was a member of the FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America). In the FCCLA, she was president of the local chapter and served as a state officer. She was elected to the National Honor Society, served as a Class Vice President, active in FFA, Library Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Business and Technology Club and Peer Advisors. Within all these clubs, she has held many positions and she is also a scholar of the board.
In track and field, Rachel competed on the softball team for four years and was twice named to the Sangamon Valley Conference first team and was DTHS Offensive Player of the Year. She volunteered to coach the college softball team. She has spent over 450 hours coaching, taking them to the IESA State Softball Series and watching these young girls become better athletes and team players. In addition, Rachel helps math students, plays travel softball, hikes, exercises, and Cross Fit.
Rachel will attend St. Louis University. His plan is to study business and pursue a career in public relations with a focus on communications.