Each year, the Geneseo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution select eighth graders from Geneseo Middle School, Annawan Junior High and Cambridge Junior High School to receive the DAR Youth Citizenship Award.

About this story: Several youth from Henry County middle schools and junior high schools will be honored on Sunday, Feb. 4, for their citizenship.

Each year, the Geneseo Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution select eighth graders from Geneseo Middle School, Annawan Junior High and Cambridge Junior High School to receive the DAR Youth Citizenship Award.

Each student selected to receive the award was chosen by the faculty at his or her school. To receive the award, students must demonstrate honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. The award is presented through the DAR National Defense Committee.

This year’s recipients will be honored at the annual Geneseo DAR Youth Awards Day at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4 at First Presbyterian Church, in Geneseo.

The 2018 Youth Citizenship Award winners include:

Mollie Bennett is a student at Cambridge Junior High School. She is the daughter of Sam and Amanda Bennett.

At school, Mollie is a member of the concert and marching bands as well as the yearbook club. She’s also on the volleyball, basketball and track teams. She volunteers at Hope United Church.

Mollie has earned the Sixth Grade Kindness Kid of the Month Award, the Seventh Grade Principal’s Award and the National Physical Fitness Award.

She enjoys sports, music and running.

Xander Bremer is a student at Annawan Junior High School. He is the son of Erica Franklin.

At school, Xander is a member of the eighth-grade basketball team. He also plans to join the track team. He attends church and Sunday School and helps with various fundraisers in Annawan. 

Xander has earned youth sports awards and has been named to the honor roll.

He enjoys helping teachers clean and organize their rooms at school and spending time with his family.

Rose Henderson is a student at Geneseo Middle School. She is the daughter of Bryce and Melissa Henderson.

At school, Rose is the student council treasurer. She’s also on the speech team and scholastic bowl team. She participates in band, choir and swing choir and is a writing center coach. She has played piano since age 5 and participated in competitive dance as well as her church youth group. She also works part-time at Urban Farmhouse.

Rose has been named to the first honor roll and was a spelling bee regional qualifier. She also twice was a DAR essay second-place finisher.

In her spare time, Rose enjoys reading, writing, science, math, playing the piano and the oboe, singing and spending time with her family and friends.

Owen Michael is a student at Cambridge Junior High School. He is the son of Lenna Michael.

At school, Owen participates on the soccer team. He attends the Church of Latter Day Saints and is a Boy Scout, where he has earned the second class rank.

In his free time, Owen enjoys architecture.

Bode Neff is a student at Geneseo High School. He is the son of Kevin and Sarah Neff.

At school, Bode is a member of the cross country and track teams. He also is a student council member and volunteers at Hammond-Henry Hospital.

He has been named to the first-honor roll his sixth- and seventh-grade years and has participated in the geography bee and the spelling bee.

He enjoys running, reading and being with his friends and family.

Leah Park is a student at Annawan Junior High School. She is the daughter of Kim and Justin Park.

At school, Leah is a member of the basketball, volleyball and track teams. She is in band and choir and is president of the student council. She participates in speech and Maroon Platoon.

She participates in softball, summer basketball camp, summer volleyball camp and College for Kids. She has served as a Howes Park soccer referee and has been a volunteer at the church food stand during Hooppole Fun Days.

She has earned a citizenship award, been named to the high honor roll, and has earned honors in speech and band and choir.

Leah enjoys animals, math, books, drawing, music, sports and photography.