The Governor William Paca Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has selected Courtney Spector as this year's recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award.
Courtney is a senior at North Harford High School and hopes to attend the University of Maryland College Park in the fall to study sociology with a minor in Hebrew. Her goal is to further her studies and ultimately to become a rabbi.
Among her school citizenship activities and memberships she lists varsity soccer, varsity track and field, Symphonic Band, Spanish Club and Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society and DUCKS Club. Even though taking several demanding honors courses, she is ranked in the top 15 percent of her class.
In her community, Courtney is a yearly participant in Mitzvah Day, together with the Mitzvah Corps of the South and the Bay Area. She has served as president of her temple youth organization and as a member of the regional board of the National Federation for Temple Youth. She has been an active volunteer in many social action projects: nature conservancy, Relay for Life, assistance to those in need in New Orleans and San Francisco. She practices her belief in the Jewish idea of tikkun olam, or repairing the world.
Seniors participating in the award contest must write an essay. Courtney earned high marks for her contribution "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: How are Our Freedoms and Responsibilities as Good Citizens Changing?"
The DAR Good Citizens program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all seniors enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools. The student selected as the school's DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism to an outstanding degree.
Courtney will receive a scholarship from the Governor William Paca chapter and will be eligible to receive additional scholarships from the Maryland Society of DAR.
Other students who participated in the contest were Brianna Banerjee and Jennifer Kerr of Bel Air High School.
The Governor William Paca Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, is based primarily in the Bel Air area. This patriotic organization has 64 members. Membership is open to any woman who can document participation by her direct ancestor in the American Revolution, either in combat or in some other capacity. Information on the chapter is available from Chapter Registrar Virginia Carlin, 410-879-9503.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun