Local high school seniors compete each year in the Good Citizens scholarship program hosted by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. To be chosen, students must exhibit qualities such as dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Members from the local DAR John Wade Keyes chapter recently honored the winners for Limestone County at their monthly meeting.
Overall DAR Good Citizen
This year’s Athens-Limestone DAR Good Citizen is East Limestone High School student Jenny Alyssa Renfroe. She won the school title of DAR Good Citizen from East Limestone and the Athens-Limestone title.
Renfroe’s leadership and dependability was shown by maintaining an “A” average in ninth through 12th grades. She was chosen as an Alabama Girls State representative and homecoming representative in 11th and 12th grades. Renfroe also served as class president and yearbook staff editor her senior year.
She played volleyball all varsity years for East, making the All-County Team in ninth through 12th grades and All-Area in 10th and 12th grades. Renfroe was a member of the Math Club in 10th and 12th grades, and a member of Beta Club and Science and Spanish Clubs throughout high school.
She is active in her church youth group and the First National Bank Student Advisory Board.
After graduation, Renfroe plans to attend the University of Alabama to pursue a degree in nursing. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse.
She is the daughter of Patrick and Kim Renfroe of Athens.
Athens Bible School
Samuel Aaron Britnell has a perfect GPA of 4.35. He has been Science Club president, a member of the Mayor’s Youth Commission for three years, Limestone LEAD, Boys State representative, class representative and a member of Senior Beta Club for all four years of high school. He plays a huge part in his school’s robotics team, his chapel assemblies and the local church congregation. After graduating, Britnell plans to attend Florida Christian College, then pursue a career in computer science.
He is the son of Barry and Tabatha Britnell of Athens.
Athens High School
Aniya Harris of Athens High School has been on the A-B honor roll throughout high school. She is a member of the Beta Club, Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. Harris maintained perfect attendance throughout her high school career. She has been a member of the Athens High track and field team as well as basketball manager. Harris plans to pursue a degree in education and become a teacher.
She is the daughter of Emmanuel and Bellany Harris of Athens.
Ardmore High School
Amie Riley of Ardmore High School is a member of the FFA and Beta Club and served as a homecoming court representative. She also plays varsity soccer. Riley plays piano at her local church and at the nursing home. She plans to attend the University of North Alabama and pursue a degree in psychology, then practice in the field of mental health counseling.
She is the daughter of Timothy and Tiffanie Riley of Athens.
Clements High School
Diva Nicole Rigney of Clements High School is clarinet section leader of the Colts band. She is a member of Senior Beta; FFA, where she is horse judging team captain; FBLA; and yearbook, where she is editor-in-chief. Rigney has been in horse riding for 11 years. Because of her love for horses, she plans to attend Auburn University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in equine science and be accepted into Auburn’s veterinarian school.
She is the daughter of Eddie and Courtney Rigney of Athens.
Elkmont High School
Stephanie Leigh Bates of Elkmont High School served as senior class vice president, Miss Merry Christmas representative, Girls State representative, senior homecoming representative and president of the Math Honor Society. Bates plans to pursue a degree in mechanical or civil engineering.
She is the daughter of Steve and Beth Bates of Elkmont.
Lindsay Lane Christian Academy
Mary-Elizabeth Grace McFarlen of Lindsay Lane Christian Academy is a member of Beta Club and National Honor Society. She has been a member of the Drama Club throughout high school and competes in tennis and indoor track. McFarlen plans to attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville this fall.
She is the daughter of Howard “Mac” and Kaye McFarlen of Toney.
Tanner High School
Victoria Rozell Nichole Kang of Tanner High School has served as senior class historian and as a member of Beta Club and National Honor Society. She has played varsity volleyball and received the good citizenship medal for Tanner High School. Kang hopes to attend the University of North Alabama.
She is the daughter of Dana Womack and Adam Womack of Athens.
West Limestone High School
Mary-Kaitlyn Elizabeth Poff of West Limestone High School has participated in various clubs, including the National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America and Science Club. She was on the basketball and volleyball teams as well as the cheerleading squad. Poff was elected homecoming queen and Girls State representative. She plans to attend college to pursue a degree in the medical field.
She is the daughter of Matt and Amanda Poff of Anderson.