DAR essay winners honored

Middle school

high school
Contributed by Sherilyn Johnston

Over one hundred Jefferson Middle School and Jefferson High School students participated in this year’s American History essay contest sponsored by the Martha McCraw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Winners in grades five through twelve were honored on Thursday, February 8th, at the regular monthly meeting of the local chapter held at the First Baptist Church.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles joined DAR members in honoring the winning students who presented their essays to the group.

The topic for the middle school students this year was “The White House: An American Treasure.”

Students presenting their winning essays were Braydon Thomas, Carson Bolick, Jackson Kain, and Hannah Wales.

Each participant took the group on a “tour” of the gigantic White House, addressing its physical features and daily activities as well as its distinguished residents, both past and present.

Nicholas Habibelahian, Kaitlyn Simmons, Elaina Langbartels, and Erica Cooke represented their respective grades as they wrote about “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.”

From descriptions of rodent ridden fox holes to glorious victory, the audience gained a new appreciation for that period of American history and how it has impacted citizens to this day.

Appreciation was extended to Middle School teacher Wendy Shelton and principal Clint Coyne as well as other school faculty for their support and encouragement.

Winning students will again be honored with official Daughters of the American Revolution certificates at their respective end-of-year awards programs in May.

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