VUHS students recognized for leadership

Wesley Miedema

Wesley Miedema

— Students of Vergennes Union High School were abuzz about the pending annoucement of the school’s annual leadership awards—the DAR Good Citizen’s Award and the HOBY Youth Leadership Award. Students didn’t have to wait long to learn the names of the winners, according to VUHS’ Angela Gilbeau.

Edward Devino III chosen for DAR Good Citizen’s Award, Gilbeau said. DAR is sponsored by the local Daughters of the American Revolution, Seth Warner Chapter.

“Each year a senior is chosen for the DAR Good Citizen’s Award by faculty members nominating three seniors and then the senior class elects one of those three as their Good Citizen,” Gilbeau said. “We are proud to announce the 2013 Good Citizen is Edward ‘Eddie’ Devino. Congratulations to Eddie. He will also compete for a scholarship sponsored by the DAR Good Citizens committee by writing an essay and submitting a resume of his high school activities and achievements.”

Intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship, the DAR Good Citizen’s Award recognizes a student that possesses the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree, Gilbeau noted.

Actor Hugh O’Brien, who played lawman Wyatt Earp on television during the 1950s and early ‘60s, always had a soft spot for recognizing good things done teens. That’s why his HOBY Youth Leadership Award has been recongized by many schools nationally.

“Every year, each high school in the United States may choose one sophomore to represent it at the state’s Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership—HOBY—Conference,” Gilbeau said. “This year, Vergennes Union High School’s HOBY ambassador is Wesley Miedema.”

Gilbeau said Miedema was nominated and selected for the honor based on his demonstrated and potential leadership skills and traits.

“Wesley will attend the four-day HOBY Conference next spring where he will participate in seminars and meet with leaders in the fields of education, government, and the professions to discuss present and future issues,” Gilbeau said.

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