Gati among 5 DAR Good Citizen awards

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ROCHELLE — Five students from area high schools were presented the DAR Good Citizen Award by the Rochelle Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

These students are selected by a process that involves both their teachers and members of their senior class because they exemplify the traits of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

They also have the option of completing an essay in a timed, proctored format. The winner of the essay contest is forwarded to the district, and may be further selected to compete at the state or national Level.

This year's winners are: Brianna Blaine of Amboy; Garrett Sage (Rochelle Chapter's essay contest winner) of Ashton Franklin Center; Claudia Reckamp of Oregon; Afi Gati of Rochelle Township High School and Julia Orlando of Stillman Valley.

Each student was presented a certificate, lapel pin and gift card. 

Good Citizen Chairman Lydia Roberts and chapter member Millie Dutchoff presented the certificate and award to Blaine. Brianna plans to attend the University of Iowa and major in the pre-med fields of human physiology or biology.

Roberts and chapter member Therese Dickey presented Sage the award. Garrett's essay on "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it" with a focus on "How the combined actions of so many good citizens keep our nation moving forward" was selected as the winner for the Rochelle Chapter. He plans to major in Political Science.

Reckamp received the award from Roberts. Claudia will be attending the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She served as drum major at Oregon and is auditioning for the marching band at U of I.

Rochelle Chapter Treasurer Becky Danner presented the award to Gati who plans to attend Augustana College and major in a pre-med curriculum. Afi would like to serve with Doctors without Borders in her native county of Togo.

Rochelle Chapter Chaplain Mary Lou Kator and Roberts presented the award Orlando. Julia serves on the Rock River Valley YMCA's diversity, inclusion and anti-racism advisory board. She plans to major in both psychology and business.