Mary Butler Chapter of DAR Announces Annual Good Citizens Awards

LACONIA — The Mary Butler Chapter of the DAR announces the selection of five area high school seniors as the annual DAR Good Citizens.
They are: Elizabeth Yelle, Belmont High School; Dakota Clarke, Gilford High School; Chelsea Colby, Inter-Lakes High School; Susannah O'Brien, Laconia High School; and Kaitlyn Van Tassel, Winnisquam Regional High School.
The awards were presented at the Mary Butler Chapter's March meeting featuring the Chapter's annual pot luck luncheon at the Laconia Congregational Church. Judy Wilson, Good Citizens Chairman presented the awards assisted by Chapter Regent Rosalie Babiarz. Parents, family members, friends and faculty also attended.
 — Elizabeth Yelle, Belmont High School's DAR Good Citizen, is the daughter of Cyndi & Kevin Yelle, of Belmont. A member of Belmont High School's National Honor Society, she also participates in soccer, basketball, and softball. She has been active in the French Club, Math & Debate teams, jazz, concert & marching band, LifeSmarts. She was a member of the French Exchange program.
— Dakota Clarke, a senior at Gilford High School, is the daughter of Gwendolyn Edwards-Clarke, of Gilford. Dakota's activities include National Honor Society, Student Council, French Club, Rotary Youth Leadership Conference, Environmental Club, and Amnesty International. She attended Parsons The New School for Design in NYC in July 2012. She was a member of the Principal Search Committee, a Red Cross blood drive volunteer and donor, and a Timberman Triathlon volunteer. She worked at Curt's Caterers and Shaw's.
— Chelsea Colby, of Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, is the daughter of Curtis and Renee Colby, of Meredith. Chelsea participates in band, National Honor Society, LifeSmarts, FBLA, Math Team, Project Green, Outing Club, and the Student Athletic Leadership Council. She was a Student School Board Representative, an NHIAA Ambassador, and attended St. Paul's Accelerated Studies Summer Program. She is active in soccer, Nordic Skiing, track, and softball. She works at Mame's and the Meredith Community Center Afterschool Program.
— Susannah O'Brien, Laconia High School's DAR Good Citizen, is the daughter of Richard and Anne O'Brien. Her extracurricular activities include: volleyball, softball, indoor track, field hockey, marching and concert band, chorus, Key Club, Student Council, and National Honor Society. She was recognized by Laconia's School Board for being chosen to play the flute in this year's Macy's Day Parade in New York City. She plays the flute at mass at St. Joseph's Church, has played piano at her parish and others. She is a Middle School CCD group leader.
— Winnisquam Regional High School's DAR Good Citizen Kaitlyn Van Tassel, is the daughter of Melanie Van Tassel of Sanbornton. Vice President of her class all four years, Kaitlyn is also a member of Student Council, History Club, Sanbornton Historical Society, and a state scholar. She completed the Caring Student Internship at Franklin Regional Hospital, and played basketball and field hockey. She volunteers at the Sanbornton Food Pantry, Sanbornton's Rec. Dept. and for the Tilton, Northfield, and Sanbornton Santa fund. She participates in 4-H and works close to 30 hours a week at a job outside of her daily school schedule.