DAR chapter recognizes essay contest winners
Area students were honored recently for their award-winning essays for the annual National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Samuel Bacot Chapter’s American History and Good Citizens Essay writing contests.
Members of the chapter were joined by families and school officials as students read their essays during the monthly meeting held at Central United Methodist Church.
“It is amazing to see the effort these young people put into their essays each year,” said Ruth Barnett, regent of the Samuel Bacot chapter. “Thank you to the teachers and counselors who encourage their students to participate in this important NSDAR competition.
Brennan Gifford, a sixth grade student from Florence Christian, was named the state winner for his American History essay. The topic for the 2020 American History Essay Writing Contest addressed the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony. The contest was open to Pee Dee Region students in grades 5th through 8th.
Additional “American History Essay Contest” winners in each grade category were as follows:
• 5th Grade: Lyla Branch (Chapter winner), Charlotte Granger, Ellison Wynn (Florence Christian School)
• 6th Grade: Brennan Gifford, Ansley Granger, Anna Kathryn Huggins (Florence Christian School)
• 7th Grade: Garner Sonfield (Chapter winner), Jack Hupfer, Michael Frost (Trinity-Byrnes)
• 8th Grade: Chapter winner Savannah Jordan (REACH Homeschool), Nicole Cook (REACH Homeschool) and Bethany Howell (Sneed Middle School)
The chapter winner of the “Good Citizens Essay Contest,” was Jaxon Avant, a senior at Johnsonville High School. The runner-up was Grace Hoover of The King’s Academy. Students were given the topic,” Our American Heritage and our responsibility for Preserving it. How would you energize America’s youth to fully engage as effective citizens, and why is that important?” The award recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.