Five area high school students have been selected as DAR Good Citizens for 2017-18.

They will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 4, during Geneseo Chapter DAR Youth Awards Day at First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo.

Five area high school students have been selected as DAR Good Citizens for 2017-18.

They will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 4, during Geneseo Chapter DAR Youth Awards Day at First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo.

They are:

• Andrea Seabloom, the daughter of Steve Seabloom and Dawn Hart. She is a student at AlWood High School.

• Samantha DePauw, the daughter of Ronald and Mistry DePauw. She is a student at Annawan High School.

• Renee Fortino, the daughter of Anthony and Kim Fortino. She is a student at Cambridge High School.

• Rebekah Beard, the daughter of Randy Beard. She is a student at Geneseo High School. She is a student at Geneseo High School.

• Lauren Matson, the daughter of Brian Matson and Lisa Matson. She is a student at Orion High School.

Their teachers and classmates chose them for demonstrating dependability, service, leadership and patriotism to an outstanding degree.

The award-winning students may enter a scholarship contest by submitting an application indicating their school and community activities, a grade transcript and two letters of recommendation.

Also required is a timed essay administered under the supervision of a faculty or DAR member. It must be completed at one sitting, within a two-hour time limit, and without assistance or reference materials.

Students can use their computers to type their essay, which may be no longer than 550 words.

Each contest entry is evaluated by independent, non-DAR judges. The winning entry is advanced through state and national levels of judging.

This year’s essay topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It; How Has America Advanced the Cause of Freedom in the Rest of the World?”