Saturday, April 7, 2012

Horner Wins "Good Citizenship" Award

Elizabeth Horner, Greenville Senior High School Salutatorian for the class of 2012 was recognized on March 24 by The Fort GreenVille Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) as this year’s “Good Citizenship” awardee. The recipient of this award must have proven qualities in four selection criteria: Dependability (truthfulness, loyalty, punctuality); Service (cooperation, courtesy, considerations of others); Leadership (personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and Patriotism (unselfish interest in family, school, community, and nation) to an outstanding degree.

Horner has been demonstrating leadership on a national scale as NaFFAA Region 3 Youth Chair and as a youth advocate/columnist for Inquirer.Net Global Nation edition and Mega Scene newspapers since 2011, in addition to her contributions to local publications.

This young daughter of Darke County is currently a candidate to be one of the 10 National Outstanding Filipino-Americans that will be a part of the Filipino-American Young Leaders Program. If extended this honor, she will complete extensive leadership training in July and will travel to the Philippines, sponsored by the Ayala Foundation in partnership with the Philippine Embassy and Philippine Consulates General in the United States. Horner said, “This is a unique opportunity to promote reading, writing and communication skills programs, as well as to encourage other youth asset building/development programs across the nation to further enhance their cultural assimilation, and positive and responsible citizenship of Filipino-American youths as members of their respective United States communities”.

Horner is currently a semi-finalist in the Claes Nobel (from the same family that awards the Nobel Prize) High School Scholarship. The winner will be announced later in April 2012. She has been recognized in Ohio for being “a champion of literacy … specifically for promoting literacy amongst peers and in the community” and “exemplary accomplishments as a youth”. She was also recognized on April 19, 2011 by the Greenville Board of Education for “Leading, Instructing, and Inspiring the Power of the Pen Team to Become Better Writers”. She is the recipient of Mega Scene’s GP Golden Seed Award (Dr. Jose Rizal hope of the future award) in August 2011.

When asked about her college plans, this senior student states that she is currently in the process of making decision which university with strong creative writing program she will attend. She has been offered admission, merit scholarships, and inclusion in the universities’ honor’s/core student group that include, at least 4 offers from selective schools. Two are from the top 10 nationally ranked universities in the field of creative writing but she does not want to say much until she has made her decision and signed the acceptance letter. She has shared that one offer will require her to spend the entire freshman year in London as part of the core program learning experience and some great opportunities for internship in publishing and communication industry in New York City.

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