Tuesday, February 10, 2015

American History Essay Contest Winners for 2014

An awards presentation took place on February 9, 2015 during the regular PTA meeting at Cedar Grove Middle School in Supply, NC.   Forty-six students in Grades 6 and 8 took part in an essay-writing contest sponsored by the Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Members, Lynn Deen and Carol Hart, explained that the students were encouraged to explore the topic, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” for this year’s contest.
The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. Students were asked to imagine their experiences as they passed through Ellis Island.  On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether or not they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States.
Each student who wrote an essay was presented with a Certificate of Participation. The essays were judged, and a winner was selected from each grade.  Easton Swain was the winner for the 6th grade.  Zackary Mayo was the winner for the 8th grade. The winners were presented with certificates, a medal for Excellence in American History, and a check for fifty dollars. 

Principal Owens, Carol Hart American History Co-Chair and Lynn Deen American History Co-Chair presented an award at Bolivia Elementary School to the 5th grade winner Jamison McKinley Barker.

The DAR, founded in 1890, is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through education for children.   

Submitted by Carol Hart, American History Co-Chair

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