The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. Each year each school selects a student as their “Good Citizen”, who will then go on to compete in the Scholarship Contest. This year the HFCS faculty have nominated Gabriel Fisher.
Katelyn Baker, 7-12 school counselor at Hoosick Falls, said he was chosen for the nomination because he possesses the qualities of a good citizen. These qualities are dependability, loyalty, service, consideration of others, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree.
Gabe was excited to learn that he had been selected for the DAR award. After finding out he had been given this honor, he did some research to learn more about it. He felt his community service, involvement in school clubs and patriotism contributed to his selection.
“I recently completed my Eagle Scout project,” said Gabe, “where I did a large remodeling project at the youth center.”
Using his leadership skills, Gabe organized a group of volunteers to complete various tasks at the youth center including installing a floating floor and framing, insulting, sheetrocking and painting. He enlisted the help of family and friends who were carpenters and electricians do complete the job, which he estimates would have cost $30,000 to complete. Any materials that were used, Gabe raised the funds to purchase.
In addition to his work as an Eagle Scout, Gabe is a Junior Member of the Hoosick Rescue Squad and is considering becoming an EMT in the future.
“Gabe entered the Town of Hoosick Rescue squad as founding member of the youth group. His interest for providing for others was sparked from taking the AHA Heartsaver First Aid and CPR AED course. He is able to anticipate the needs of the crew and the patient,” said Deborah Lohnes, Vice President of the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad, “He is very dependable and respectful of others. He is an excellent young man and enjoyable to work with.”
As a member of the National Honor Society and Tech Club at HFCS, Gabe participates in other community service activities. He enjoys participating in the Christmas Wish program and making wooden toys for children in need. He works to raise money through bake sales, along with his peers, to support these initiatives.
Gabe has a patriotic heart and is planning to apply to West Point or attend an ROTC program. He hopes to get accepted into West Point so he can have the great opportunity of learning from the instructors there.
Having received this award he is now eligible to compete against other school’s representatives for scholarships through an Essay Contest organized by the DAR.
Congratulations, Gabe, and good luck!