Missouri Bar President Honors Fifteen High School Seniors
as Outstanding Citizens
The Missouri Bar and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education honored fifteen high school seniors as outstanding citizens on April 16, 2013 in Jefferson City. All fifteen honorees have demonstrated academic competence in government and civics courses, exceptional participation in civics/government-related extracurricular activities and performed exemplary community service.
Each student was also evaluated on an essay in which they defined citizenship and identified and discussed someone whom they consider an exemplary citizen. Honorees wrote about family and community members, current political leaders and historic figures, including Abraham Lincoln, who was chosen by several of the honorees.
Patrick Starke, President of The Missouri Bar, gave the keynote address. While congratulating the honorees on their accomplishments, he reminded them that being an outstanding citizen is a lifetime endeavor. He concluded his remarks and his exhortation to the honorees to always be engaged citizens with this quote from Plato: “One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
The Missouri Bar and the Department of Education have co-sponsored the Outstanding Citizens Awards Luncheon since 1993. The Excellence in Education Act established this award. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education receives and processes the applications and oversees the selection process. Members of The Missouri Bar Advisory Committee for Citizenship Education evaluate the applications and select the fifteen winners.
Other attendees included Ron Lankford, Deputy Commissioner of Education; Bill Gerling, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Kris Morrow, past chair of The Missouri Bar Advisory Committee for Citizenship Education; Sebrina Barrett, Missouri Bar Executive Director; and Millie Aulbur, The Missouri Bar Director of Citizenship Education.