The Patriots Day Parade was a gift to the city from Laguna Beach Daughters of the American Revolution, and the chapter continues to reward the youth of our city who demonstrate their love of country and service to the community.
Throughout the years, the Patience Wright Chapter has funded scholarships for graduating Laguna Beach High School seniors who demonstrate good citizenship. Last year, the chapter recommenced honoring students in the fifth to eight grade as well.
This month, two scholarships and 36 awards were announced at the second annual D.A.R. Student Awards, held at the Presbyterian Church, according to a press release issued this week.
Rickie Scott was the recipient of the D.A.R.'s Good Citizen of 2012-2013, the group's highest honor for graduating senior. Jackson McKay Pries was awarded the D.A.R. American History Scholarship for Laguna Beach High School. Both received $500 checks.
"This came at a time when scholarships were not being handed out, so I was surprised," Scott said.
She shouldn't have been. Her record is impressive.
Rickie is president of Club R.O.C (Righteousness on Campus), one of the largest and most active groups at the high school, and of the LBHS Make a Wish Club, which raised $4,000 under her leadership to grant the wish of a terminally ill teenager. Off campus, Scott volunteers at the Friendship Shelter.
She also participates in the dance program at the school.
Rickie has traveled in South America to help at children's charities, where the skills in Spanish she began to perfect at Thurston Middle School came in handy.
She will attend Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va.
"I am hoping to double major in English and global studies and minor in dance," Rickie said.
Jackson was selected for his award by his counselors and teachers for his passion for American history as well as his intention to serve his community and society in the future.
Last year, he was honored as D.A.R. Grade 11 Good Citizen.
Jackson will major in history at UC Santa Barbara.
"He reads books about American presidents like other kids collect sports information," said his mother Lynn Pries, an architect. "It's just natural for him."
It was the essay he wrote about how he was inspired by the great men of American history and his history teacher Kristin Cowles that earned his award from the D.A.R.
His community service included working with foster children at Olive Crest and in orphanages in Mexico.
Jackson has also played competitive volleyball since he was 12 and has been on the winning team in two Junior Olympics.
Excellence in American History and Social Studies were presented to 18 fifth-grade students.
From El Morro Elementary School, recipients are Jack Guenther; teacher Jennifer Chen; Eva Becker, Connor Fink and Emmalisa Randrup, teacher Melissa Martinez; Allison Mays, teacher Greg Togawa; and Gabe Tacklind, Caden Capobianco and Macy Michael, teacher Jay Williams.