Cranford Senior Lily Young Receives NJDAR Good Citizen Award

(above) Lily Young, a senior at Cranford High School, was presented with the NJDAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship.

Lily Young Receives NJDAR Good Citizen Award

Submitted by Mary Leonard, Cranes Ford DAR

The New Jersey Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NJDAR) recently announced their Good Citizen Award and Scholarship would be presented to Lily Young, a senior at Cranford High School. She received the award at the NJDAR 131st State Conference held at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township. The high school senior selected must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The scholarship portion of the program consists of two parts. The student must describe how they have tried to manifest the qualities of a good citizen and secondly must write an essay on a topic chosen by the National Society. This year the topic was titled “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It”.  The focus question was “How will the essential actions of a good citizen meet the challenges that American faces in this decade?” There were 16 NJDAR chapters participating in the Good Citizen award.

The Cranes Ford Chapter will award Lily Young at the Cranford High School Awards night on June 1 at 7 p.m. The chapter has been sponsoring the Good Citizen Award since 1950. The National Society has been awarding the Good Citizen Scholarship for 89 years. The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington DC, is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. Currently there are 185,000 members and 3,000 chapters nationwide. There are chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and countries overseas. The Cranes Ford chapter was founded in 1944, New Jersey has 45 chapters. DAR membership is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence.

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