By Amanda Renko

The Tioga Point chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented two high school seniors with the DAR's Good Citizen Award Wednesday.

Krista Ammerman of Sayre High School and India Reynolds of Athens Area High School received the recognition this year. Recipients are chosen based upon a written essay, as well as how well they exemplify the traits of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, said Jana Howell of the DAR.

Ammerman and Reynolds each received a certificate, DAR membership card and pin, and a monetary reward, Howell said.

This year's essay theme was "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It," Howell said. Essays touched upon how Americans' freedoms and responsibilities as good citizens are changing.

"We as good citizens must take a stand to change with our country," Ammerman said in her essay, citing changing attitudes in racism, women's rights and traditional marriage over the years as examples.

Ammerman, the daughter of Jeff and Rebecca Ammerman of Athens, is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, vice-president of Students Against Destructive Decisions, participates in several sports, serves as her class' sergeant of arms and has the lead role in this year's school musical.

Ammerman has volunteered with Guthrie, the Salvation Army, Camp Sensation and vacation bible school and is a competitive dancer and teacher aide at Pat Haggerty Studios in Sayre. She plans to major in education at college, Howell said.

In her essay, Reynolds talked about how freedom, selflessness and patriotism can help good citizens support the country as it changes.

"The key to being a good citizen is putting others before yourself and thereby supporting your country," Reynolds said.

Reynolds, the daughter of Daniel and Lisa Reynolds of Ulster, ranks fourth in her class with an honors curriculum, Howell said. She is a member of the National Honor Society, vice-president of the student council, co-president of the district council, member of the Student Actors Guild, cross-country and track athlete and drum major in the marching band.

Reynolds volunteers as a tutor for elementary students at her church and opened up her own ice cream stand at Mountain Lake, Howell said. She plans to attend college to major in business, focusing on marketing and advertising.

Coincidentally, both Ammerman and Reynolds were chosen as homecoming queens at their respective schools this year, Howell said.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.