The students selected are members of the senior class of the area high schools. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2011-2012.
The student selected must have the qualities of leadership (which includes personality, self-control, ability to assume responsibility); dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality); service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, consideration of others); and patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) to an outstanding degree.
In each high school the faculty chooses three seniors who best exemplify these qualities. From these three, the senior class chooses the school Good Citizen. Each winner receives a pen, a certificate and will have a chance to compete for the state title.
In an effort to encourage the intrinsically excellent students to a deepened appreciation for our country’s heritage, each winner is asked to write an essay in order to compete for the state title. The title of the essay is not given to the student prior to the contest.
This year the winners from their respective schools are Seth Alan Richard, Notre Dame High School; Raven Woods, Rayne High School; Ty Christian Henderson, Iota High School; Katelyn Sandford, Northside Christian School; Vivian Leequell Barker, Crowley High School; Lainie Elizabeth Laughlin, Church Point High School; and Meghan Fontenot, St. Edmund High School.