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Rutland student Giovanni Falco named D.A.R. Good Citizen winner

Giovanni Falco was named Good Citizen Scholarship Contest winner for Vermont State at the Board of Management meeting of the Vermont State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), held at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on June 5. Falco is from Ira and is a senior at Rutland High School.

By Catherine Johnson
Giovanni Falco was named the Vermont State Good Citizen for 2021. Pictured (l-r): Joy Minns (Vermont Good Citizen chairperson), Giovanni Falco and Edna Curtin (Vermont D.A.R. state regent).

Falco received this prestigious award based on letters of reference, school activities, service to community, school transcript, his responses to contest questions and his future plans. He was required to write an essay without prior knowledge of the subject within a two-hour time limit and without reference material. This year’s essay title was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It” with a focus question: “How do the combined actions of so many good citizens keep our nation moving forward?” 

The Vermont State Society awarded Falco a certificate, pin, and a $500 cash award in recognition of his achievement and as a student  who exemplifies the D.A.R. good citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.

Giovanni Falco is the son of Pasquale and Courtney Falco.

Senior high school students from any accredited Vermont high schools are eligible to compete in the Good Citizen Scholarship contest via local D.A.R. chapters. Essays and credentials are independently judged by non-D.A.R.  judges, and winners from each of the sponsoring chapters advance to the state level of judging. State first place winners advance to the Northeast Division level and the eight division level winners to the national level where a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a female and a male high school senior. The Good Citizen Scholarship is awarded without preference to or regard for race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.   

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism, preserve American history, and support better education for our nation’s children. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, D.A.R. is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations.

For more information visit www.DAR.org.

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