On December 10, members of the Princess Wach-e-kee Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Watseka, and the Joseph Bartholomew Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Bloomington, honored Iroquois County students with the Good Citizen Award . These students were awarded certificates and pins during an awards program at Faith Lutheran Church in Watseka.
The Good Citizen Award is presented to a senior student chosen by the local school district. The selection criteria are reliability, leadership, service and patriotism. The DAR and the SAR are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 awards:
Allison Cox is the DAR winner from Central High School. She is the daughter of Benjamin and Christie Cox of the Clifton countryside. She was a student council member and class officer for four years, currently serving both of these organizations as president. Allison plays volleyball, basketball and softball. She has worked as a lifeguard, babysitter and works in concrete construction. She plans to attend Kankakee Community College to study radiology.
Emma Morrical, daughter of Patrick and Heather Morrical, is the recipient of the DAR Award from Cissna Park High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has been an active member of the FFA, serving as Vice President this year. She played volleyball and basketball and was a yearbook staffer for three years, as this year’s editor. Her work experience includes being a swim instructor and working at Wilcox Farms. She plans to attend Parkland College and then the University of Illinois to earn a degree in speech-language pathology.
The winner of the DAR Good Citizen from Donovan High School is Kenzie Faupel, daughter of David and Molly Faupel from rural Donovan. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Council and Vice President of the FFA. She was the volleyball team captain and cheerleader. Kenzie works at McDonald’s in Kentland and babysits. She plans to attend Kankakee Community College to pursue something in agriculture.
Celeste Cummings is the recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award from Iroquois West High School. Daughter of Will and Jill Cummings of rural Danforth, she is the current President of the Student Council and of the National Honor Society. Her main interests have been the FFA and the Blue Ribbon 4H Club where she has held several positions and is currently president of both organizations. She has played volleyball every four years, was in all four groups and is a cheerleader. Celeste plans to attend a four year college / university to study biology with a minor in animal science as she works towards a possible veterinary profession.
Alivia Schmink, daughter of Carrie and Ronald Stimson and Sue Schmink, is the DAR Good Citizen winner from Milford High School. She is president of the Student Council and of the National Honor Society, and vice president of its class. She played volleyball for two years and softball for four years and is currently the directory editor. She sits on the Student Advisory Board and loved the theater. Alivia worked during the summer as a CNA. After graduation, she plans to attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University to major in nursing and become a critical care nurse.
The winner of the Watseka Community High School DAR is Claire Curry, daughter of Chris and Amy Curry. She is president of the National Honor Society and the Student Council, serves as secretary of the Key Club, and participates in three sports: volleyball, basketball and softball. Claire was also a member of the Show Choir. She volunteers in the kindergarten classes at Wanda Kendall School and participates in the activities of St. Edmund Catholic Church. She plans to attend a four-year college to study speech therapy and communication disorders.
Mikayla Hand, Milford, is the DAR Award winner from Christ Lutheran High School in Buckley.
The Sons of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award certificates and pins are presented to students by the Joseph Bartholomew Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Bloomington. The awards were presented by William White and Dr Al Day.
William Teig, son of Patrick and Dawn Teig, is the SAR recipient of Milford High School. He is the grandson of Barbara Teig and Gene and Pam Bork, as Pam is the Chaplain General of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. William is involved in the National Honor Society, school theater productions, basketball and track and field. During the summer, he is a lifeguard at the Milford swimming pool. He plans to go to Lincoln Christian University where he accepted a scholarship to play basketball.
The SAR recipient for Donovan High School is Weston Lareau, son of Rodney and Denise Lareau. He is president of the FFA, member of the Donovan 4H Club and member of the National Honor Society and the student council. He was a member of the golf, basketball and bass fishing teams during his four years of high school. Weston is a member of the Donovan Fire Department which works at the Pence Oil Company and the family farm. He plans to attend KCC to specialize in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The SAR recipient of Watseka Community High School is Jordan Schroeder, son of Tom and Beth Schroeder. He distinguished himself in basketball, golf and track and field; is a two-year member of the National Honor Society, serving as treasurer this year; and served on the Student Council his first year. He’s in Key Club, Spanish Club and F-Troup. Jordan works at NAPA Auto Parts. Next fall, he plans to attend a four-year college to major in math and play basketball.
Samantha Sigler is the SAR Good Citizen Award winner from Iroquois West High School. Daughter of Steven and Wendy Sigler of Danforth, she is very involved in the music department. She performed in concerts and in a jazz choir for four years and was in a chamber choir for three years. She has been president of FCCLA since she was in second year, is a member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Its sports activities include softball and volleyball. Samantha plans to study pre-physical therapy and psychology at a four-year college.
Lyssa Kaeb is the SAR recipient of Cissna Park High School. She is the daughter of Dale and Sandra Kaeb and has been involved in FFA and was one of the vice presidents. She participated in the FCCLA as an officer and is a member of the National Honor Society. Lyssa has worked at Hart’s Greenouse in Loda for the past two years and will continue to work there in the spring. After graduation, she plans to work for about a year to earn enough money to attend college and pursue a career in forensic psychology.
Central High School’s SAR recipient is Katherine Thompsen, daughter of David and Jennifer Thompsen, Clifton. She is a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Clifton and is part of the youth group. She is very musical since she has participated in brass bands, pep and jazz groups, madrigals and jazz choirs. Katherine is a Fellow of the National Society and State of Illinois Fellow. Currently, she works at Prairieview Lutheran Nursing Home as a dietary aide and plans to study kinesiology and become a physiotherapist.