Viera High’s Luciano wins state award for DAR essay


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Regent Cathy Jaskiewicz, left, of the Abigail Wright Chamberlin Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, poses with Viera High School senior Keven Luciano and his father, Axel. Keven won the Florida DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship contest.

Courtesy of Abigail Wright Chamberlin Chapter, NSDAR

Viera High School senior Keven Luciano has accomplished something no one in Brevard County had done in 88 years.

Luciano was presented last month with the first-place award in the Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award and Scholarship contest.

He is the first student from the local Melbourne chapter, the Abigail Wright Chamberlin Chapter, NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) to ever win the state award.

The Abigail Wright Chamberlain Chapter was formed on Nov. 30, 1932.

“For me, it’s nice that I do get to be recognized in this way,” Luciano said. “Even if I wasn’t recognized for it, I’m still happy that I get to be a leader in my community and that I get to have these opportunities to inspire others to be good citizens.

“This acknowledgement, it does mean a lot to me. I do try my best to exemplify the values the good citizenship values that the Daughters of the American Revolution have.”

Those values include: leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.

A drum major for Viera High’s marching band, Luciano plans to major in chemical engineering and minor in music in college, where he also plans to be part of the school’s marching and concert bands.

In order to be part of the DAR competition, he had to first be nominated by a vote from the Viera High faculty, 

He received a $100 scholarship for winning the district award and a $250 scholarship for his win at the state competition.

Luciano also is entered to win the Southeast region award, which would put him in the national competition.

The award is based on an essay. Students were given a maximum word limit of 550 and had two hours to complete their writing based on a prompt they were shown just moments before. 

The prompt was about re-energizing the youth of America to become good citizens and how the student could play a part in that.

“I explained an idea I had, based on reading, on making some sort of event where people can come up and talk about what it means to be a good citizen, or what they see in America —  what are problems — and making that event something that is social because in terms of change happening, there has to be some sort of social background,” Luciano said.

“I looked at history to prove that in my essay. I looked at Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his fireside chats during the Great Depression. That was him just talking to citizens about what needs to change.

“That sort of sparked all the New Deal policies that really helped the Great Depression turn around and helped America get out of that slump.”