After working her way up from the local level, Deerfield-Windsor School senior Maggie Ricks was recently named the state winner of the 2016 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Contest at the Georgia State DAR Society's annual conference in Stone Mountain.
Ricks was selected by Deerfield's faculty and by her peers as the school's "Good Citizen" based on certain criteria (basically good character, high academic standards, involvement). As D-W's representative, she earned the right to participate in the annual essay contest and was selected as the Thronateeska Chapter winner. Her essay was then put up against the winners from six other regions in the state competition.
As state winner, Ricks' essay now goes to compete in the Southeast Division round for the southeastern states of the U.S. After that, the winner will go on to national level competition. The winning essay at that level will receive a national award and a trip to Washington, D.C.
"It's a very big honor to be selected as the state winner," Kay Ragan, the Thronateeska Chapter DAR Regent, said. "Her (Ricks') essay was very impressive. We think it's important to encourage and recognize outstanding young people. Maggie is a delightful young lady, and we wish her great success for her future."
Ricks is the daughter of Scott and Jennifer Ricks. She is active in her school's student council, cheerleader squad, Thespian Society, Math Team, Beta Club and Spanish Club. She said she plans to major in International Business with a minor in Spanish.
The process of selecting the DAR Good Citizen begins at the start of each new school year, with the winner announced the following spring. Students who are recognized exemplify the characteristics of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. In order to be considered for the national award, students must compete at the local, district, state and division levels.
As the state winner, Ricks received a pin that embodies the qualities of good character, honor and understanding, a certificate and a monetary award.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations.
DAR members are committed to volunteer service, having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.