Riverwood International Charter School senior Atara Zibitt is the 2017 Good Citizen of the Sandy Springs chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

The chapter recognition advances Zibitt in the national Good Citizen Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism, as recognized by their teachers and peers.

Zibitt wrote a compelling essay on this year’s topic, “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It: How Has America Advanced the Cause of Freedom in the Rest of the World?” She also submitted recommendations from two Riverwood teachers.

Zibitt, who is going to the University of Georgia next year, is active in the National Honor Society, the Riverwood choral department and Model United Nations and spends six days a week rowing on the Chattahoochee River for the St. Andrew Rowing Club.

“I really am honored and humbled to have been chosen for this award,” she said. “I generally strive to be a good peer, student, teammate, daughter, sister and mentor; however, I realize now that I may have overlooked what it means to really be a good citizen. I think with the acceptance of this award, and throughout the process of writing and submitting my application, I have learned how to incorporate all aspects of my experiences … to shape myself into the best citizen I can be.”