Jacque Cummings, Maeve, Marilou  Fellman, Betty Heenan, Carmen Wendt

Celebrating Maeve Lomax’s award are, from left, Jacque Cummings, DAR state chair; Maeve, Marilou  Fellman, ASDAR Regent; Betty Heenan, chair; and Carmen Wendt,  Regent, Grand Canyon Chapter.

The Daughters of the American Revolutions have awarded Chaparral High Class of 2020 grad Maeve Lomax a $5,000 scholarship for placing first nationally in the group’s Good Citizens competition.

Maeve “excelled in her academic classes and sports as well in extracurricular activities,” the chapter said in a release, noting she co-founded the school’s Science Olympiad Club to provide schoolmates an avenue to compete in STEM-related competitions. 

Maeve swam on Chaparral’s state champion and nationally top- rated varsity swim team for four years and was co-captain during her senior year. 

Maeve earned the Most Outstanding Senior in Science and Senior Excellence awards at Chaparral. She was the state winner in the DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest as a junior, an AP Scholar with Distinction in 2019;  member of National Honors Society. As a member of the Spanish Honors Society, she tutored students once a week.

Maeve also sat on the Student Advisory Board throughout her high school years, meeting with principals from each Scottsdale Unified high school to discuss, analyze and help solve district-wide issues such as bullying, e-cigarettes, and school funding.  

Since the sixth grade, Maeve has volunteered at the National Charity League, providing assistance to impoverished people.

As a league volunteer, Maeve organized a project to provide “care kits” for teenagers during the holidays and 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. 

She also was a member of the Phoenix Swim Club, Rutgers Engineering Camp for a course in multiple engineering disciplines, Brown University Pre-College Program class on environmental nanotechnology covering the use of chemistry and nanotechnology to design solutions for pressing environmental concerns. 

In the summer of 2019, Maeve attended the American Legion Auxiliary Arizona Girls State in Tucson,  joining 350 other high school seniors across Arizona to learn about government and campaigning in a “learning by doing” setting. 

She was elected to be the State Superintendent of Public Instruction by her peers and authored guidelines for a mock state department of education. She also was one of two girls elected to attend the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls Nation Senate program in Washington, D.C., for participation in a mock senate session, helping to author a bill improving mental health care treatment for veterans on a national level. 

In the fall, she plans to attend Washington University in St Louis MO, seeking a degree in mechanical engineering on a full academic scholarship. 

The Arizona State Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been promoted historic preservation, education and patriotic endeavors since 1900. 

Information: arizonadar.org.