Thomason, FHS senior, wins DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest

Aidan Thomason, a senior at Farragut High School, has been selected as winner of DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest for the Appalachian Region, which is sponsored by Samuel Frazier Chapter of DAR.

“It is a great honor for our school and for Aidan,” said Susan E. Bolinger, college and career counselor at FHS.

“Aidan was selected for this award by FHS faculty and staff to represent her high school. She was deemed as having a strong commitment to her school and community in the following areas: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism,” she added.

“After being faculty-nominated, Aidan was selected and given a timed essay test revolving around U.S. Government and citizenship. Her essay was selected from three high schools to represent our region, and then Aidan earned selection from our region to represent the state.”

“Aidan is a wonderful young lady whom I have been honored to teach twice at Farragut High School,” Valarie Cagle, FHS English teacher, said. “As a member of the DAR, I immediately thought of Aidan when teachers were asked to nominate students. She is simply a top-notch student and exemplary young lady whom I was blessed to teach in English 9 Honors and 12 AP Literature & Composition.

“While a student at Farragut High School, Aidan has always challenged herself academically in our Honors/Advanced Placement classes and other rigorous courses,” Cagle added.

“Always prepared, she actively participates in class discussions, grasps material quickly and has an impeccable, conscientious attention to detail. She leads by example among her peers; she is strong and secure in her own convictions and beliefs.

“… Furthermore, her superb written, verbal and analytical skills are a pleasure for any teacher to encounter. … Her priorities are well-balanced among academics, extra-curricular activities, friends, family and faith.”