HICKORY — The John Hoyle Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently announced this year’s winners of the DAR JROTC Awards, presented to outstanding students representing seven area high schools.
The JROTC Award winners were Chloe Rhyne Fountain of Fred T. Foard High School, Erin Kimberly Hall of Bunker Hill High School, Joshua Hollinghead of South Caldwell High School, Emma Faith Maltba of Alexander Central High School, Katelyn Skyla Jade McMahan of St. Stephens High School, Michaila Patterson of West Caldwell High School, and YenVan Vo Truong of Hickory High School.
Chloe Rhyne Fountain is a senior at Fred T. Foard High School and is the daughter of Ellen and Shawn Fountain. Her activities include cross-country running, and indoor and outdoor track, and she has been Foard’s Runner of the Year twice. She is a member of the Beta Club and Catawba County Youth Council, and is a coach for the Catawba County Special Olympics. In her spare time, she has enjoyed playing piano for nine years. Fountain’s future plans are to attend Campbell University in pursuit of a chemical engineering degree.
Erin Kimberly Hall is the daughter of Joe and Kathy Hall and is a senior at Bunker Hill High School. She has received numerous ROTC awards, including marksmanship, leadership, and color guard. She has lettered in soccer three years and won a public speaking award at a leadership conference. She is a member of Winston-Salem Church of Christ. Hall has enlisted in the Army National Guard as a combat medic.
Joshua Hollinghead is in his junior year at South Caldwell High School and is the son of Jason and Carla Hollinghead. He is a member of the New Vision Baptist Church youth group, and his hobbies include athletics, sports, and gaming. Hollinghead’s future plans are to join the National Guard as military police, then attend a community college.
Emma Faith Maltba is the daughter of Philip and Dori Maltba. She was the nominee of Alexander Central High School and is a junior attending Alexander Early College. Her activities include tennis, track, color guard, drill team, Beta Club, Faith Club, Mu Alpha Theta, yearbook staff, and she is a member of her church youth group. Her hobbies include playing piano, reading, hiking, and swimming. Maltba plans to attend a four-year university and enter a science-related field.
Katelyn Skyla Jade McMahan is a senior at St. Stephens High School and is the daughter of Melissa Vanderwork and David McMahan. She enjoys mentoring others in JROTC, where she is a member of the drill team and color guard. She enjoys travel, exercise, and spending time with family and friends. McMahan hopes to receive an ROTC scholarship, join the Navy, and work in nursing.
Michaila Patterson is the daughter of Heather Bishop and Michael Patterson, and is a junior at West Caldwell High School. She has received numerous awards including academic and physical fitness. She works part-time and enjoys reading, running, traveling, and spending time at the park with her family in her free time. Patterson plans to attend UNC-Charlotte to obtain a degree in psychology, then join the Air Force.
YenVan Vo Truong is a senior at Hickory High School and is the daughter of Dung Anh Truong and Thanh Thuy Vo. Her activities include cheerleading, Beta Club, Interact Club, Nursing Fundamental, and H.O.S.A. She is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and National English Honor Society. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, listening to music, playing piano, and watching YouTube. Truong’s future plans are to attend Lenoir-Rhyne University to pursue a degree in business and health management while working as a CNA.
DAR represents one of the most inclusive genealogical societies in the United States and one of the world’s largest women’s organizations. Membership is open to women who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. More information is available at www.ncdar.org/JohnHoyleChapter.htm.