Notre Dame senior gets prestigious citizenship award

John Kenny, who will graduate in May, earns special award from the Daughters of the American Revolution's local chapter.

John Kenny, a senior in Notre Dame’s upper division, earned the prestigious "Good Citizen" award Tuesday, Dec. 11, from the local chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Sponsored by the Piety Hill chapter of DAR, located in Birmingham, the Good Citizens Awards and Scholarship Program grants awards for essay writing on an annual basis to area high schoolers on a per-school basis.

Kenny, whose essay was on “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It,” picked up his award at a ceremony held yesterday at the Bloomfield Township Public Library.

This annual award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess good citizenship qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. 

Kenny's essay detailed his thoughts on what new challenges will America face as we move forward into the future. He said that as a citizen of the United States, he feels it his duty to try and help his country prepare for the troubles it may face and help provide meaningful and effective solutions to its challenges. 

"I am truly honored to have won this award," said Kenny, who's also a member of Notre Dame's Model United Nations (MUN) club. "Hearing my fellow nominees' stories of service and charity was truly inspiring. I could not have achieved this award without the continuous support from the amazing NDP staff, my family and my friends. I am looking forward to taking the values that I gained here at NDP to college with me next year."

In his winning essay, Kenny also talked about both the advantages and dangers of new technology, the increasingly partisan divide in this country, and the increased use of antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. 

In addition to receiving a scholarship, pin and a certificate from DAR for his winning essay, Kenny, who earned Eagle Scout status from the Boy Scouts of America nearly a year ago, received his own personal American flag that eventually will be flown over the nation's Capitol on his behalf. He now goes on to a statewide DAR competition.


More on the DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Award:
• This program is only open to high school seniors whose schools are accredited by their state board of education.

• Only one student per year may be honored as a school’s “DAR Good Citizen.”

• United States citizenship is not required.

• Additional rules and guidelines can be acquired by contacting your local DAR chapter.

• Once a student is chosen as the DAR Good Citizen, he or she is invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. This consists of a personal statement and an essay. Student participation in the scholarship portion of the program is optional.

More on the the Daughters of the American Revolution and its Piety Hill chapter: 
The DAR was founded in 1890 and incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress. The Piety Hill Chapter was founded in 1935. The DAR is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing American’s future through better education. There are 175,000 members in 3,000 chapters in the United States and overseas.

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