Steele DAR chooses Good Citizens

  • Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:40 a.m.
Taylor Love
Taylor Love

The Elizabeth Maxwell Steele Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented the 2012 Good Citizens Awards at the DAR meeting at the Country Club of Salisbury in October. The three recipients are Anna-Leigh Shuping, Taylor Love and William Brock Overcash.

A senior at East Rowan High School, Anna-Leigh Shuping, is the daughter of Jody and Ken Shuping. After graduation she plans to attend N.C. State or the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and major in engineering. High school honors include AP Scholar with honors, junior marshal, honor roll every quarter, Morehead-Cain Scholarship and Parks Scholarship nominee; scholar athlete, Civitan scholar, Governor School nominee. In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, she is an accomplished American Piano Guild competitor, a flutist in the East Rowan High School band, an elected member of the Student Council, and president of Sigma Phi Gamma science club.


She is a varsity swim team school record holder, All-County and All-Conference swimmer, and state finalist, varsity golf, cross country and spring track. She has been active in various positions in church and held offices in the Children of the Confederacy. She has been active in Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts, and served in many volunteer activities including helping homeless individuals in Tennessee through WOW Urban Ministries.

Taylor Meckinee Love, daughter of April and David Barrier, is a senior at North Rowan High School, a member of the National Honor Society, and has played tennis since seventh grade, earning the Cavalier Award. She has served in the high school bands (jazz, concert and marching). She is a member of the Glee Club, chorus and Key Club. She has been on the honor roll all through school and been on a missions trip with her church. In her essay written for the DAR on “Our American Heritage and Responsibility for Preserving It,” she wrote: “When I think of freedom, I think of privileges that are gained by working hard and being charitable to others.” She has managed to stay goal-oriented and focused on her school track.

William Brock Overcash is a senior at Salisbury High School. After graduation he plans to attend Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon or Davidson College and obtain a degree in computer science with a minor in business administration. He has ranked number one in high school with the highest GPA in four years. He is a member of the National Honor Society, was Junior Class president and Senior Class treasurer, served as Chief Junior Marshal, and is an AP Scholar. He received highest distinction for a chemistry and physics student, most outstanding calculus student, outstanding achievement in e-commerce, and outstanding achievement on the PSAT. He has been on the honor roll all four years, has served as homeroom representative all four years, attends Rotary Club meetings and presented two speeches.

In addition, he received awards in varsity tennis and soccer. He is working with friends to organize a 430-mile kayak trip through North and South Carolina to raise money to build wells in Kenya, obtaining a 501(C)(3) status, developing a website and seeking local and national sponsorships. He received an award for completion of year-long daily Bible study for school year 2011-2012. He has co-established and co-leads weekly local Bible study and discussion. He has made mission trips to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and the Navajo Indian Reservation in Gallup, N.C.

He has been treasurer and is now president of Junior Civitan, and works with the Key Club at events including the annual Pancake Festival, OctoberTour, etc.

Overcash worked with Global Contact Services LLC, administering PCs, servers and corporate data backup software; provided end user tech support, established office-wide Powerhouse Recycling Program. He has also worked at the N.C. Research Campus with UNCC Bioinformatics and Genomics Department and has established and runs his own S-Corp for providing tech support.

His entry is being judged by the District Staff.

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