Joseph Andrew Lamb, DAR Good Citizen for Swainsboro High School and the 2020-2021 Emanuel County DAR Good Citizen, has been named DAR Good Citizen for the Southeast District. The son of Mr. Jody Lamb and Mrs. Andrea Lamb Roberts, he was recognized at the Georgia State Society – Daughters of the American Revolution (GSSDAR) State Conference in March at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain.
Created in 1943, the DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. He was chosen as Swainsboro High’s DAR Good Citizen in October 2020, was selected in November to represent the county at the district level, and won the Southeast District in March.
In his scholarship essay, Lamb wrote about the importance of honoring the nation’s heritage and citizens’ duty to preserve it for future generations.
Lamb is active is active in many clubs and organizations at SHS that give back to the community, most notably Beta Club and Student Council. In addition, his academic achievements includes recognition as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a member of the SAT 1500 Club, a dual enrollee at East Georgia College, and a Georgia Governor’s Honors Program and United States Youth Senate Program semifinalist.
The Governor David Emanuel-Adam Brinson DAR Chapter said in a press release, “Andrew exemplifies the DAR Good Citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. His many accomplishments honor his family, his community, and his school.” The local chapter will present him a DAR scholarship on Swainsboro High School’s honors night in a few weeks.
Below are three essays Lamb wrote and submitted for consideration as part of the DAR Good Citizen competition.
Home and Community
““Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In essence, the Golden Rule encapsulates my perspective on serving the community in that it is my obligation to help members of my community who are less fortunate than I am. I serve to express my gratitude for the rights and privileges that I have been given and because I genuinely want to improve the lives of others. I am extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve by participating in service-oriented clubs at my school and through my jobs. The experiences, along with many others, have added value to my life and the lives of others.
Ever since I can remember, my relationship with my grandparents has been a significant part of my life. Because of this, when my grandpa developed Alzheimer’s Disease in the early 2010s, it became my responsibility to serve my family by helping in any way that I could. Initially, my duties were small: I would spend time doing activities such as engaging in conversation with him. Eventually, as walking gradually became more difficult for him, my responsibilities became more physical by helping him move around. Now that he is in the later stages ofAlzheimer’s, he requires more constant care. In order to help with this, I spend tune as his caregiver, making sure lie has food and water and being attentive in case of a medical emergency. This relieves some of my grandma’s responsibilities which enables her to engage in her love for travel with her friends. Because they have contributed so much to my life, I consider helping out to be an opportunity to express my gratitude for my family.
Throughout my time in high school, I have had numerous paid jobs which have enabled me to serve my family financially while also serving my community. During my sophomore and junior year, I worked as a pharmacy assistant where one of my main responsibilities was delivering medicine. I took this responsibility seriously as I recognized that people not receiving their medicine on time could result in catastrophic health consequences. In addition, I valued the interactions that I had with the patients. Oftentimes, the patients that I delivered medicine to were elderly and lived alone. It was amazing how spending only a few minutes speaking to them could brighten their mood so much. This job taught me that the simplest of actions could make someone’s day.
Being an ESL teacher, my mom’s job provided me with avenues to serve the underprivileged hispanic community in my town. Every year, the school gives out care packages containing turkey and other foods to underprivileged students for Thanksgiving. However, many of these families are unable to pick the care packages up because they either lack ample transportation or are unable to leave their jobs. In order to make sure every family received a meal, I would deliver these care packages to the families who were unable to pick them up themselves. After seeing the smiles on the children’s faces as I arrived at their houses, I instantly fell in love with this type of work. After schools were closed because of COVID-19,1 began delivering school materials and weekly bags of food from the Weekend Blessings program to these students. In addition, I also took part in restoring a home for a Hispanic family in order to ameliorate the standard of living for their children, who were under the threat of being relocated after a social worker found the house to be full of mold and cockroaches. I was part of a team that assisted the family by providing new appliances and cleaning out the house to make it livable for the children. This resulted in keeping a family together. I take great pride in these experiences as I believe they are an opportunity to express my appreciation for living in America by helping the Hispanic parents who have sacrificed so much in order to give their children a chance at the American Dream.
In conclusion, I believe that the efforts that I have made to serve my community have made a difference to the people that I have served as well as myself. I’m a firm believer that the smallest acts of kindness can lead to significant change in a person’s life. In addition, these efforts have made a tremendous impact on me by giving my life purpose.”
“I have been given the great privilege of growing up in an environment that prioritized education and supported all of my endeavours. While I am extremely grateful for the family, friends, and teachers who have shaped me into the person I am today, I can’t wait to broaden my horizons by attending college. As of now, I am not certain where I’ll be spending the next four years. I have applied to the University of Georgia and, if accepted, hope to be a member of their esteemed Honors Program. In addition, I have applied for the UGA Foundation Fellowship which would give me unparalleled opportunities to research and travel while in college. I also intend to apply to a number of other colleges. I trust that, with God’s will, I will end up where I am supposed to be.
Regardless of where I attend college, I intend to take lull advantage of all opportunities presented to me and become an active part of my college community in order to find what I am most passionate about. Taking AP US History my sophomore year made me deeply fascinated m the legal system of America. My interest in law was furthered after studying the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — in particular, his originalist interpretation of the Constitution. In addition to my interest in law, my love of numbers and analytical nature has led me to be interested in the economy and investing. As an undergraduate, I plan to combine both of my passions by majoring in economics and minoring in political science. Because I am so young, I know that my interests and ambitions will likely change as I grow older. In order to find my true calling, I hope to gain real-world experience by filling my college summers with activities like interning at law and investment firms, working on political campaigns, and fulfilling my life-long dream of volunteering in a developing country in South America.
After graduating college, I plan on attending law school and obtaining a Juris Doctor degree as I feel like this would be an invaluable asset regardless of what field I enter. After law school, I hope to receive the distinct honor of learning from the greatest legal minds m the country by completing a year long clerkship for the US Supreme Court. This experience would provide many different avenues for my career: I could enter into a private law practice, take a government job, run for political office, or begin my own business. In any case, my goal is to rise to the top of my field and leave a positive impact on the world.
Regardless of where life takes me, I will continue to make it a priority to exhibit all the qualities of a DAR Good Citizen since they are essential to living a fulfilling life. In order to be successful, it is imperative that I am dependable because, if I am not, my colleagues and superiors will not be able to trust me to do my job. Additionally, I want to be someone my family, friends, and future children can rely on. As a lawyer, I will serve by providing a voice to people who feel powerless because of their circumstances. I also intend to mentor younger kids who have had to overcome challenges in the same way I have been mentored. Furthermore, I will lead by example in my professional and family life. Lastly, I will exemplify unwavering patriotism in defending the constitution and taking enormous pride in my country.”
Qualities of a Good Citizen
“When I think of America, I envision the triumph of freedom over the more contemptible aspects of human nature, the emergence of individual rights over tyrannical rule, and the victory of liberty over slavery and bigotry. The history of America has exemplified a continuous progression towards the ideals stated by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence: the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The founders of America and their predecessors who have fought for greater equality and freedom have all embodied the four qualities of a DAR Good Citizen: Dependability, Service, Leadership, and Patriotism. I firmly believe that this is the reason America has become the greatest country in the history of the world. In order to continue this tradition, I believe that it is my responsibility to be a good citizen and exhibit dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in my life and with my relationships to others.
Dependability is an essential character trait for any good citizen. In order to be dependable, one must keep his or her promises and be consistent in one’s actions which, in turn, earns other people’s trust. Therefore, dependable people are able to forge deeper relationships with people in their community because they are able to be counted on. Also, dependable people earn the reputation of being responsible which allows them to be given greater opportunities. My parents instilled in me the importance of dependability at a young age by teaching me that I must always keep my promises and be responsible. Throughout my time in school, I have made it a priority to complete my assignments on time and be adequately prepared for class which has led me to be a top student in my grade. In addition, I have always practiced dependability at work by showing up on time and giving my full effort to the tasks at hand.
In addition to being dependable, a good citizen must also make it a priority to serve the community. Service requires one to put aside one’s personal priorities in order to benefit someone else. In addition to helping the community, service also comes with many profound impacts to oneself. When we focus on the needs of others, we are able to view life in their perspective which m^es us more empathetic and less prejudiced. Conversely, when we only consider our own desires, we are left feeling empty because we are focused on what we don’t have rather than all the things we do have. In my own life, I have provided service by being an active member in service-based clubs and volunteering for underprivileged members of my community. I truly believe that these experiences have tremendously impacted my life by enabling me to build strong relationships with people who I wouldn’t have come into contact with without service.
The motto of the National Beta Club is “Let Us Lead by Serving Others.” Service strongly coincides with leadership as there must be leaders who are willing to take the initiative to motivate and guide others to serve the community. Leadership is an intrinsic quality in many great citizens and inspires innovation both in society and technology. For instance, the leadership of George Washington in the Revolutionary War helped American gain independence from Great Britain, and the leadership of Steve Jobs led to the creation of life changing technology. Being elected onto Student Council all four years of high school has enabled me to experience what being a leader truly means by allowing me to represent the views of my classmates and showing me the importance of leading by example.
In my opinion, the most important quality of a good citizen is patriotism. Patriotism is the belief that the values of one’s society are true, honorable, and immortal. More specifically, American patriotism is the belief that we are endowed with God-given individual rights which should be protected by limited government. The founding fathers devoted their life to the implementation of these ideas — as did the soldiers who gave their lives in Gettysburg and Normandy, the heroes who marched for equality during the Civil Rights Movement, and the men and women of today who continuously fight for our freedom. I have deep pride in the history and values of my country which I exhibit in my conversations with others. Because of my patriotism, I was selected to represent my school as the nominee for the United States Senate Youth Program. I believe that patriotism is the common thread amongst all Americans which reminds us that what unites us is far stronger than what divides us.”
About being chosen as DAR Good Citizen, Lamb said, “I was deeply honored after being selected by my peers and teachers as the DAR Good Citizen for my school and felt it was my responsibility ro represent my school in the subsequent levels of competition. Winning at the county and district levels, especially among such impressive competitions from other schools, was also a great honor.” He says he chose to apply for the competition because he “strongly valued the traits—service, leadership, dependability, and patriotism—that the DAR felt encapsulated a good citizen.”