Four local students recognized as 'good citizens' by DAR

LACONIA — The Mary Butler Chapter of DAR met on November 18 where the Good Citizen Winners were introduced and honored at the meeting.

The winners include Joe Boles of Belmont High School, Emily Wernig of Gilford High School, John Findlay of Inter-Lakes High School, John Hammond of Laconia High School, and Clark Roberts of Winnisquam Regional High School. The awards were presented by Good Citizen Chairman Judy Wilson, assisted by Chapter Regent Rosalie Babiarz. Parents, family members, friends and faculty of the winners were invited to attend the ceremony.

The five seniors were selected by vote of the faculty and senior class of each school for their qualities of Service, Dependability, Leadership, and Patriotism. Each of the students is an excellent scholar and has a record of leadership in school clubs and athletics. The five winners have also contributed to their communities as volunteers on many occasions.

Joe Boles, Belmont High School's DAR Good Citizen, is the son of Elizabeth Boles, of Canterbury. Class President from 2010-1013, Joe played varsity soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track all four years of his high school career. In addition to high scholastic performance he started his own landscaping business, "JGB Landscaping". His volunteer efforts were spent as assistant Middle School Basketball Coach, at the Veteran's Home, at St. Joseph's Church and at Youth Soccer.

Emily Wernig, a senior at Gilford High School, is the daughter of Joseph and Jolene Wernig, of Gilford. Emily is a member of the National Honor Society, and the following clubs: Bagel & Book, Amnesty International, Art, Interact, and Red Cross. She participates in field hockey, basketball, outdoor and indoor track. Active in her church as a Sunday School Teacher, she has also traveled to PA, FL, and NJ on three Church Mission Trips, as well as working as a Gilford Youth Center Birthday Party employee.

John Findlay, of Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith, is the son of Donna Findlay of Meredith. John's passions involve band (clarinet, baritone and alto saxophone, drum major), chorus, acting in numerous theatre productions, and working as a member of the Tech Crew. National Honor Society, Destination Imagination, volleyball, track, and Nordic skiing keep him busy as well. His community activities include Shriners Festival of Trees, Inter-Lakes High School Soap Drive, and Friends Assisting Music Education (FAME). He spent the past three summers working at the Interlakes Summer Theatre, which was a daunting 78 hours per week.

John Hammond, Laconia High School's DAR Good Citizen, is the son of Valerie Kimball and Gary Hammond. His extracurricular activities include: band, soccer, cross country, theatre, Student Council, National Honor Society, debate and math teams, and the following clubs: French, Interact, Key, Woodworking, Hollywood, and Book Club. John volunteers with Streetcar Community Theatre, Kiwanis Kid's Bike Safety, Community Center Baby Boutique, Ironman/Timberman Triathlon, Community Garden, School Alumni Reunion, and tutoring. He attended St. Paul's Advanced Studies Program during the summer of 2013.

Winnisquam Regional High School's DAR Good Citizen Clark Roberts, is the son of Marcin Roberts of Northfield. Clark is active in Student Council, National Honor Society, class government, football, and spring track. Treasurer of his class, Clark tutors students of all age groups within his school district. A nine year member of the Town line 4-H club, he has assisted in the operation of their food stand for the past 6 years. Volunteer activities include helping in community soup kitchens, the annual WRHS blood drive, and raking leaves for elderly community members.

The DAR Good Citizen competition is sponsored worldwide by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The national winner will be invited to attend DAR Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. to receive the national award of a $3,000 scholarship to be sent to the school of the winner's choice. To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit