METAMORA — Metamora Township High School senior Jack Friedrich finds his high school career coming to an end this spring.
“It’s a sobering experience to be involved in everything, and then have it all come to an end,” he said.
But before graduation, his teachers decided he should go out with a bang, entering him as a nominee for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen award. DAR announced he won the award Feb. 11 at a Black Partridge Chaper meeting. The meeting took place at Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington.
“It was pretty interesting and it was nice to meet all the other candidates,” Friedrich said.
Friedrich’s accomplishment stemmed from a paper he wrote on preserving American heritage. He said he supports the founding values of the country that support basic individual freedoms.
The award process began with Friedrich thrown into the mix with three other nominees. These nominees got narrowed down to one with a student vote.
“I really did enjoy (receiving the award). It was very interesting to get (the teacher’s) perspective,” he said, referring to their liking of his essay.
Besides writing essays and winning awards, Friedrich plays football, track and field, and wrestling for the school. He also participates in the school’s student council and helped with summer football camp.
“I’m always running around helping people,” he said.
While Friedrich recognizes how much he accomplished during his time in high school, he also appreciates the job that high school staff did to get him where he is today.
He said the school is home to many good coaches that he has worked with over the years.
“It’s a big family that comes together,” he said.
His family also showed a lot of support. In addition, they had no idea about what was going on until he received the award.
“They were pretty surprised,” he said. “No one in my family had ever heard of it.”
Friedrich said he does not wish to showboat his accomplishments. Rather, he considers himself a fairly modest guy.
“I enjoy my privacy, and I’m not a showy person,” he said.
The award is given to those who show leadership, committ their lives to service and are dependable and patriotic. The total number of Good Citizen awards distributed this year was seven.
Jodi Blunier, Eureka High School student, also won the award. She could not be contacted as of press time.