Caitlin Ballotta

Dutchtown High School 2010 graduate Caitlin Ballotta recently graduated from Harvard University.

Ballotta, 22, is the daughter of Stephen and Maureen Ballotta.

She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English with a citation in Spanish.

She was the first recipient of the Sharon Howell Prize for achievement in humanities from the Adams House at Harvard.

Ballotta was named a John Harvard Scholar in 2013 and 2012 for being in the top 5 percent in her class and a Harvard College Scholar in 2011 for being in the top 10 percent of her class.

She received the Harvard English department’s Robert Kiely Prize for Outstanding Junior Essay.

She was the valedictorian of her high school class and earned the Robert C. Byrd, Lowe’s Carl Buchan, National Beta Club and East Ascension Rotary Club scholarships.

Ballotta is working as an archival intern in the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C.

Her summer project involves conducting oral history interviews with some of the “protagonists in ICFA’s collections — that is, with people whose papers or images we have — in order to record and preserve their (and our collections’) stories,” Ballotta said. She plans to intern in a library or archive next year while applying to Ph.D. programs in English literature.

“I am deeply interested in the intersection of technology and education, and my eventual aim is to teach at the university level and to help in creating digital archives and Web-based supplements for humanities education,” she said.

She credited her early education at St. Theresa of Avila and Dutchtown High School with contributing to her success at Harvard.

“I definitely would not be where I am today without all the support I received from my community,” she said.