Tyra Griffin named local DAR ‘Good Citizen of the Year’Published 11:00pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Pike County High School senior Tyra Griffin was named the recipient of the Oliver Wiley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution 2013 Good Citizen of the Year Award.
One student at each of the county’s high schools is recognized as a DAR Good Citizen each year. One of those students is then recognized as the 2013 Citizen of the Year.
The DAR Good Citizens at their schools were, Griffin at PCHS, Allison Ellis at Charles Henderson High School, Shane Merrell at Goshen High School and Kaitlin Barbaree at Pike Liberal Arts School.
The annual award recognizes and rewards students who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.
DAR President Rebecca Skibba said Griffin possesses all of those qualities and described her a “driven” in her efforts to accomplish her goals.
“When Tyra graduates from Pike County High School this spring, she will not only graduate with a high school diploma, she will graduate with an associates degree in business,” Skibba said. “I don’t know of many students who will do that.”
Griffin accepted the award with grateful appreciation.
“I am very honor by this award and thank the DAR for recognizing me as its Good Citizen for 2013,” she said. “I work hard to accomplish my goals and it is rewarding to be recognized for my efforts.”
Griffin, salutatorian of her graduating class, is a member of the Business and Finance Academy at Pike County High School. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America and the Math Club.
She finished fifth in 103 participants in the Future Black Leaders of America competition.
“Tyra has a list of awards as long as my arm,” Skibba said. “She is also active in the community. She volunteers with the Special Olympics and the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations.”
Griffin plans are to attend Troy University and earn both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business.
“I want to be an accountant and I would like to work for Ernst & Young in Birmingham,” she said. “I visited their office when I was enrolled in the Career Awards Program at the University of Alabama last summer. I was very impressed and know that I would enjoy working there.”
The 2013 DAR Good Citizen Award was presented to Griffin at the DAR’s awards luncheon Wednesday. Griffin’s mom, Mary, and her brother and aunt attended the presentation.