GRANGEVILLE — Eighth grader Wyatt Perry was the winner of a recent Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR, Lewiston-Clarkston branch) essay contest.
“I got all my information from my social studies book,” said Perry. “It’s actually pretty interesting.”
The directive was to write an essay as a child during the American Revolution. Perry wrote as a son who accompanied his father to Lexington-Concord and subsequently has to tell his mother about his father being killed there.
Social studies teacher Betty Nafziger used the contest as an assignment while her classes were learning about the American Revolution.
“Besides content — being historically accurate — they also had to type their entry and include a bibliography,” Nafziger explained. She sent all class essays to the competition.
The contest organizer sent Nafziger a letter stating Perry was the chapter winner and also commended Kally Arnzen, Justin Biebow and Tyler Stephens for “exceptional essays” and sent certificates for all four students. Perry and his parents are invited to the February meeting of the DAR where Perry will be able to read his essay and will be awarded there. His work will then be forwarded on to the state contest.
Perry is the son of Brian and Lark Perry of Grangeville.
The annual youth awards hosted by the Signal Hill Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution took place on Saturday, February 15th at the Barrington United Methodist Church. The youth awards consisted of two contests; one honoring a high school senior nominated by his or her school for the Good Citizen award, and an American History Essay Contest for 5th-8th grade students from several area schools.
Megan Boyle, Chairman of the Good Citizen Committee addressed the crowd of nearly one hundred people made up of students, parents, teachers, school principals and chapter members, to introduce the nominees for the Good Citizen award. “Two outstanding young women were selected based on qualities of leadership, service, dependability and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities”, Boyle stated. “I am in awe of both of these women”. The nominees were seniors Caroline Hutton from Dundee Crown High School, and Jena Heck from Wauconda High School. Both girls had to submit information about their achievements and write an essay on how one’s personal heritage affects one’s duties to our nation. Three independent judges reviewed the material and selected Caroline Hutton as the winner. Caroline read her winning essay to the audience and was awarded a monetary scholarship.
Chapter Historian, Joyce Wright continued the awards ceremony by announcing the winners of American History Essay Contest for 5th-8th grade students. This year’s theme was “The Lives of Children in the American Revolution.” Students were asked to write an original story imagining themselves as children during the American Revolution. Points were given for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. A total of 39 students from 8 area schools were honored at the awards ceremony. First place winners were 5th grader Christina Miller from Grove Avenue School, 6th grader Ryan Meyer from Wauconda Middle School, 7th grader Audrey Taillon from Barrington Middle School Station Campus, and 8th grader Hannah Kirkpatrick from Lake Zurich Middle School North. First place winners read their essays to the group, and were given a ribbon, certificate, a bronze medal, Declaration of Independence booklet and an American flag. The schools of first place winners each received an engraved plaque.
These winning essays went on to compete at the District level, where 5th grade student, Christina Miller was chosen as the District IV first place winner. Her essay will represent the Signal Hill Chapter at the State level. The national winner will be announced in July at the DAR Continental Congress in Washington, DC.