Clayton Lengerich, a senior at Adams Central High School and president of his class all four years, is the 2010 winner of the annual Adams County Good Citizen award presented by the Antoine Rivarre Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
The runnersup were seniors from Bellmont High School, Joe Baker, and from South Adams High School, Sam Amstutz.
Students who enter the contest are judged on dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Scoring is computed as follows:
• 70 percent on how the student exemplifies the qualities of good citizenship, plus their activities, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript from their school.
• 30 percent on an essay the student writes in two hours without any aid or use of any research materials.
Lengerich's essay, which he read at a recent meeting of the Antoine Rivarre group, was about how diversity, acceptance of diversity, and freedom are intertwined in the history and the greatness of the United States.
As the county winner, Lengerich is entered in the DAR's state Good Citizen contest. The 50 state winners compete for the national Good Citizen award.
Lengerich's is the son of Sam and Natalie Lengerich of rural Monroe while Baker's parents are Ted and Debbie Baker of rural Decatur. Amstutz is the son of Dean and Susie Amstutz of rural Berne.