Senior Ali Janke was chosen by the high school staff as the 2021-22 DAR Good Citizen. This award, created in 1934 through the Daughters of the American Revolution, honors a student who exemplifies qualities of good citizenship. “I am so honored and humbled to be receiving the DAR good citizen award,” Ali says. “I have always looked up to some of the amazing past recipients of this award as my role models because of their kindness to others and dedication to being a good leader. It is so cool to see this come full circle and get to join this group of wonderful people in receiving this award.” There is also a family connection to this honor. “Receiving the DAR good citizen award means the world to me because my Grandma Buckley also won it when she was in high school and now I get to share that memory with her and carry on the legacy.”
Only one student per year can be honored; once chosen, they are invited to participate in the scholarship portion of the program. Students must write an essay for that contest and Ali was just informed that she won the contest for local chapter and will now advance to the state level competition. Our area’s local chapter includes students from parts of Van Buren, Kalamazoo and Allegan Counties. There are 50 chapters in Michigan. The 10 finalists are invited to the DAR State Awards Day in Lansing in April. We will find out the top 10 in March.
Ali plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan, or Hope College and major in Biology with a minor in Business. She hopes to apply to dental school at the University of Michigan and open her own orthodontic practice after getting my doctorate. Ali is very involved in and out of high school. She is the Student Council Co-President, NHS Member, Purple Committee Member, Freshman Mentor/Counselor, Counselor-in-Training at Camp Geneva. She plays Varsity and Club Softball and is a scholar-athlete.