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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) chose senior Bianca Munguia as the Dalton High School recipient of the Good Citizen Award. The national society annually recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
At the DAR meeting on February 8, Munguia was awarded a scholarship for her essay and named the district winner. Her essay will move on to the region for consideration. The six other school finalists were also recognized.
Munguia has no shortage of leadership roles. She is secretary for student council, German Club and National Honors Society and co-captain of the color guard.
"I like to put myself in positions where I can help others while doing things I like to do," she said.
To Munguia, being a good citizen means "always looking out for others and helping others benefit." She is thankful for the nomination because it gives her validation that her hard work is paying off.
Good Citizen Award recipients from local high schools submit written essays to be considered for the scholarship. Munguia wrote her essay on how the United States has helped to advance freedom in other countries, especially through education in times of need. "Through education we can help to advance freedom," she said.
Munguia is planning to study either political science or sociology and hopes to attend Vanderbilt University after graduation. She said winning the scholarship would be a big help as her family plans for college expenses.