The winner was announced Tuesday afternoon during a program in the Kiwanis Room at the Putnam County Public Library. The 2012 Putnam County Good Citizen recognition is sponsored by Washburn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
The Putnam County winner is the daughter of James and Regina Tate of Poland.
Tate's essay and application are being forwarded to Indianapolis for competition in the state contest.
The senior DAR Good Citizens from each of the four county schools read their essays aloud before the winner was announced by Washburn Chapter Regent Sharon Baldwin and Jinsie Bingham, the DAR state chairman for Historic Preservation and the local DAR Good Citizen chairman.
The other three county finalists were:
-- Kathryn Jean Welch, daughter of Debra and Tom Welch of Coatesville, representing North Putnam High School.
-- Haylie Elizabeth Romer, daughter of Coleen and Martin Romer of Greencastle, representing Greencastle High School.
-- Morgan Dezsi, daughter of Mike and Monica Dezsi of Greencastle, representing South Putnam High School.
The Putnam County Good Citizen recognition is sponsored annually by Washburn Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
The faculty of each Putnam County high school selects one member of the senior class to represent that school as its DAR Good Citizen in the county competition.
Students are selected for having a variety of interests, positive contributions to home, church and community and qualities such as dependability, honesty, leadership, cooperation, self-control and initiative.
Judges also consider patriotism defined as unselfish loyalty American ideals. Each student writes an essay without references on our American heritage and our responsibility to preserve it.