Brooksley Pruitt, winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award, is a good citizen.

TEMPLETON – Brooksley Pruitt, a student at Templeton High School, received the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award.

The Good Citizen Award is given to all accredited students at North County High School. Schools are invited to nominate a student who embodies the qualities of a good citizen.

This year the NSDAR chapter of El Paso de Robles received submissions from the following students:

Brooksley Pruitt – Templeton High School
Katelyn Hurl – Shandon High School
Katherine Reed – Paso Robles High School

Pruitt received $500 from NSDAR’s El Paso de Robles chapter. Hurl and Reed received $150 each.

Each entry must include information about their activities at the school, including how they serve the community, their plans for the future, their extracurricular activities, and how they have demonstrated the qualities of good citizenship, such as trustworthiness, service, leadership, and patriotism. They must also submit their transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

  • Catherine Reed, student at Paso Robles High School.

  • Katelyn Hurl, sophomore at Shandon School.

Once the student is selected, he or she is asked to write a timed essay. The topic of this year’s essay was Our American Heritage and our responsibility to protect it.

A panel of three non- NRDAR community members will review all entries and select a winner. All team members have experience as teachers, newspaper editors and public servants.

Following Ms. Pruitt’s election as head of Good Citizen in El Paso de Robles, her file was forwarded to the county level. Although Pruitt was close, it didn’t make it past the district level.

El Paso de Robles, says Lisa Wood, NSDAR Regent: All of our nominations of good citizens were excellent, and the judges said they were all very close. I am proud of all our students. I also congratulate the schools that have taken the time to elect representatives of good citizens to their schools. This is not an easy task at the best of times, and I’m sure the pandemic has made it even harder.

Students in the Northern District, grades five through eight, were invited to participate in the American History Challenge!

The topic of this year’s essay was the Boston Massacre. Students were asked to write an essay showing that they lived in Boston at the time and to describe how their families discussed the Boston Massacre and the role it played in organizing the colonists against the British king and parliament.

The winners of this year are

Fifth year: Oliver Pierce of San Gabriel Elementary School6 : Pearl Ojeda is from Templeton Hills Adventist School
7th Avenue. Class: Katherine Nicholson of Templeton High School, eighth grade. Class: Kylie Lefler of Cappie Culver High.

Nicholson and Lefler both won first place in the county competition, which includes Northern Ventura County and Monterey County. Their files have been forwarded to the state level.

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