By Dave Warner

On Tuesday night, the Astenrogen Chapter of the NSDAR presented the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award to Abigail Becker in a ceremony at the WCA.

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 said, “The program is one that the Little Falls chapter has been doing 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, then it goes to District, then State, and if they win there, it goes to the Northeast Division, and if they win there, to the National level.”

“Abby was the Little Falls winner this year, so we’re recognizing her tonight.”

When Becker was asked how she felt receiving the award, she said, “It’s an amazing feeling getting such an honor after all of the work that I’ve put in and for all the things that I’ve done.”

“Sometimes, it’s hard when those things don’t get recognized, and when it finally does, it’s just a great feeling – to feel like there are people that genuinely appreciate what you’re doing for the community and everyone around you.”

The program is open to a senior student enrolled in an accredited public or private secondary school in good standing with their state board of education.

The Astenrogen Chapter NSDAR has served the greater Little Falls community since its organization on December 31, 1895. It was the first chapter formed between Albany and Utica, NY.