Kiernan Black, a Fairfield resident and a student at Lauralton Hall in Milford, has been named statewide winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

Black became one of 27 state finalists when she won a Milford competition sponsored by the DAR's Freelove Baldwin Stow Chapter there, the chapter said in a news release. She received the state award at a ceremony in Hartford April 4.

The Good Citizen Award recognizes students for what the DAR says are four qualities of a good citizen: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Nominees had to submit essays on the topic, "How does one's personal heritage affect one's duties to our nation?"

Across Connecticut, young women were nominated for the award by faculties at their high schools.

A senior at Lauralton Hall, Black is a National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member, student council president and a member of Lauralton Hall's varsity swimming and tennis teams, according to the release.

A recipient of the Girl Scouts of America's Gold Award and a member of its Connecticut board of directors, she is a certified swim instructor and has worked as a sailing instructor, the DAR said. Black plans to attend the College of the Holy Cross in the fall.