Serena was chosen because she is active in school and the community, working with both the youth and elderly. She is a senior leader in two youth groups. She volunteers with the NCHS Charity Link Club and the New Covenant House of Hospitality. She is president of the New Canaan Youth Adult Partnership Board, a community service organization whose mission is to provide activities for youth and the elderly.
In addition to organizing fundraisers, Serena enjoys getting together with her friends on the board to run the annual "Senior Prom" at a local nursing home. She is also on the production team of the weekly NCHS news program, and has volunteered to take a leading role in the Names Can Really Hurt anti-bullying program at NCHS.
The student selected as the school's DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of dependability, which includes truthfulness, loyalty and punctuality; service, which includes cooperation, courtesy and consideration of others; leadership, which includes personality, self-control and ability to assume responsibility; and patriotism, which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation, to an outstanding degree.
The student is then eligible to enter the DAR Good Citizens scholarship contest. Each contest entry is evaluated by independent, non-DAR judges. The winning entry is advanced through state and national levels of judging.