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State High senior places in state level DAR competition

by on May 03, 2018 1:14 PM

STATE COLLEGE — State College Area High School senior Emily Lieb recently was selected as the third-place winner of the Pennsylvania State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution's Good Citizens Scholarship contest.

Emily, daughter of David and Marybeth Lieb, will attend the Pennsylvania luncheon with her family during the National Society 127th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. She will read her scholarship essay and receive a certificate and monetary award.  
She also will be presented a medal and monetary award during the high school’s Senior Awards Ceremony.

The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest was established by the National Society in 1934 to encourage and reward high school students who display the qualities of good citizenship. Under the local sponsorship of the Bellefonte Chapter of DAR, six Centre County high schools select one senior class candidate each year who has demonstrated the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.

The optional scholarship portion of the program is judged progressively at the local, state, district and national levels. Pennsylvania has 95 DAR chapters, and each is eligible to nominate one applicant for state society judging.

The assigned topic for this year's DAR essay contest was “How has America advanced the cause of freedom in the rest of the world?”

Emily titled her essay “Heroic Hegemony,” and explained in her essay that the American model for global freedom resulted from the heroic courage of American patriots overthrowing the tyrannical rule of Britain and establishing a government of checks and balances. The U.S. has advanced this model and its goal of global freedom by implementing hegemonic policies that embrace humanitarian aid, as well as military intervention. It is through this strategy of continued heroic commitment, she concluded, that America accepts its place as a leader advancing freedom worldwide.

Emily's academic courses include U.S. government and politics, comparative government, physics, calculus and English literature, all at advanced placement level. She also is a vocalist with the advanced rock ensemble, is a member of master singers, chamber singers and other choral ensembles, and takes third-year German, digital photography, advanced health care research, advanced geology and psychology classes.

She won Most Outstanding Junior and Student Government Award in 2017 and the Judge Richard M. Sharp Memorial Award for Excellence in Academic and Civic Achievement in 2016, among many other honors and awards. Emily also has been active in leadership positions with the Little Lion Ambassadors, State High Leadership Council, Mock Election, the softball team and Environmental Club. 
Earlier this year, Emily was featured as one of 15 State High student-athletes celebrating college acceptances. She will attend Middlebury College in Vermont.

This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.
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