The Daughters of the American Revolutions have announced Maeve Lomax, a graduating senior of Chaparral High School, has won first place nationally for its DAR Good Citizens’ $5,000 scholarship.
Miss Lomax excelled in her academic classes and sports, as well in extracurricular activities, a press release claims.
At Chaparral, she cofounded the Science Olympiad Club which provided an avenue for its members to compete in STEM-related competitions. She swam on Chaparral’s state champion and nationally top rated varsity swim team for four years and served as cocaptain her senior year.
Included in the many awards and recognitions Miss Lomax earned are the Most Outstanding Senior in Science and the Senior Excellence Awards at Chaparral (2020); DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, Grade 11 (AZ state winner); AP Scholar with Distinction 2019; member of National Honors Society; and Spanish Honors Society that included tutoring others during lunch one day each week.
Miss Lomax also sat on the Student Advisory Board in which she met with principals from each high school within Scottsdale Unified School District to discuss, analyze and help solve district-wide issues including bullying, e-cigarettes, and school funding.
Since the end of the sixth grade, Miss Lomax has volunteered at the National Charity League providing assistance to those near poverty line. As a volunteer for ICM, Miss Lomax proposed a project to provide “care kits” for teenagers served by the organization during the holiday season during her sophomore year.
She enlisted the help of her NCL friends, the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Christy Alvarado Collections to compile 90 kits containing headphones, toiletries, nail polish and other smaller items for teens.
Extracurricular activities and summers included the Phoenix Swim Club, Rutgers Engineering Camp for a course in multiple engineering disciplines, Brown University Precollege Program class on Environmental Nanotechnology covering the use of chemistry and nanotechnology to design solutions for pressing environmental concerns.
In the summer of 2019, Miss Lomax attended the American Legion Auxiliary Arizona Girls State in Tucson, where 350 rising high school seniors across Arizona came together to learn about government and campaigning in a learning-by-doing setting, a release states.
She was elected to be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction by her peers, where she authored guidelines for a mock state department of education.
At Girls State, Miss Lomax was one of two girls elected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls Nation Senate program in Washington D.C. Miss Lomax and her Arizona co-senator joined 98 other young women from across the nation to write, debate, and polish legislative bills in a mock Senate.
Miss Lomax and her Arizona co-senator authored a bill about improving mental health care treatment for veterans on a national level.
In the fall, Miss Lomax plans to continue her education at Washington University in St Louis, seeking a degree in mechanical engineering on a full academic scholarship.
The Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution has promoted historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors since its introduction in the state in 1900; before Arizona achieved statehood. It has 41 chapters and more than 3,000 members.