By Dave Warner

The Astenrogen Chapter of the NSDAR held its Good Citizen Recognition Program on Tuesday night at the WCA, and Dorotea Ballard was recognized as this year’s winner.

The DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to preserving American history, securing America’s future through better education, and promoting patriotism. It was founded on October 11, 1890, and incorporated in 1896 by an Act of Congress.

The purpose of the award is to recognize and reward a male or female high school senior who exemplifies the qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.

Elizabeth Goebel Mosher with the Asenrogen Chapter has remarked in the past that the Little Falls chapter has been doing the program since the 1930s. Every year, the school selects a boy or a girl, and the winners have an opportunity to sit and write an essay. If they win, it goes to the District, then State, and if they win there, it goes to the Northeast Division, and if they win there, it goes to the National level.

Ballard stated that she had heard about the program through her guidance counselor. “We were given a Google form in class and asked to vote for the top three people you think deserve this award.”

She said, “I’m not going to lie. I did that and then totally forgot about it. My guidance counselor called and told me I had been nominated for it. I then had to schedule a day to write an essay. A few months later, I got called back in, and they told me that I had received it.”

Ballard said that it was great hearing back and that she had won.

Her essay was about what a good American citizen should be. “I remember talking about the right to vote. I feel that it is a great responsibility for an American citizen. My voice can be heard by voting.”

Ballard is going to college to study biology. She will then enter the pre-med track in the hope that she can go to medical school and become a doctor.

“It’s a great honor to be here – I’m just happy,” she said.