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Richard Baylor holds his certificate and identification card after receiving the Astenrogen Chapter of the NSDAR Good Citizen award. Elizabeth G. Mosher (left) presented the award, while principal Leeann Dooley, and Richard’s parents and younger brother look on.

by Dave Warner

Richard Baylor was awarded the Good Citizen award by the Astenrogen Chapter NSDAR on Tuesday afternoon outside of the high school.

Elizabeth G. Mosher, DAR Good Citizen Chairman said, “every year we select a winner for the program. It started out back in the 30s as the Good Citizenship Pilgrimage and the winners were given the opportunity to go to Washington D.C. In 1952 they changed the program to just the Good Citizen Winners.”

The program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. It’s open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their State Board of Education.

“This year we’re honoring Richard Baylor who is a senior. It’s based on four qualities, dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. He was selected by the teachers and the senior class,” she stated.

Normally, this award is given during their May meeting, but because of COVID-19, they had to come up with an innovative way to present the award to Baylor. “I didn’t want him to go unrecognized, so I talked with Mrs. Dooley to figure out a way to do it,” stated Mosher.

Leeann Dooley, principal of the high school said, “this award definitely fits you, you are so dependable. You will be extremely missed next year. You do so much for our community here at school that I don’t even think you realize how much you do for us on a daily basis. I just want to congratulate you and it couldn’t have gone to a better student. Congratulations…we’re proud of you.”

Baylor said, “I’m just really happy to get this award. I’ve always just lived to be nice to other people and you kind of get what you give, so it was really nice because that’s all I’m really trying to do – just be a good person. It feels good to get recognized for it some times. That’s what I’m happiest about really.”