Local DAR chapter names essay winners

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The Brigadier General Richard Winn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently named Good Citizen and History Essay winners.

Summit High School senior Kristi Sheets and Spring Hill High School senior Mackenzie Firestine received the DAR Good Citizen Awards. The American History Essay Contest chapter winner was fifth-grader Cecillia Wooldridge, a student at Chapman’s Retreat Elementary School. Her essay also was selected as the district winner. The chapter Christopher Columbus essay winner was Olivia Waymaster, a junior at Summit High School.  

“BGRW Chapter DAR wishes to thank all students who entered the contests, and we congratulate these winners,” Regent Vicki James said.

The DAR Good Citizen Award and Scholarship contest was created in 1934 to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities.  

The purpose of the American history essay contests is to promote American history by honoring significant historical people, places, dates and/or events. 

Since 2020 marked the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of the Plymouth Colony, fifth through seventh graders were to imagine they were one of the passengers on the Mayflower. They were asked, knowing what materials were available in 1620, what would they have packed to prepare for the trip and start a new life in the wilderness? Then, after experiencing more than two months at sea then finally landing at Plymouth Colony on Nov. 9, 1620, what did they think they would have done differently, and why?  

The Christopher Columbus essay contest participant was to write an essay on “A sailor’s experience as part of Christopher Columbus’ first expedition to the Americas.” 

Columbus’ first expedition set off in August of 1492. He and his men explored the Caribbean for five months after arriving in October. The student was to imagine they were a sailor who was accompanying Columbus on this voyage and now returned to Spain. They were to describe their impression of Columbus and their perception of the purpose of the expedition.  

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American Independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. More than 1 million women have joined DAR since it was founded.  

To learn more about Brigadier General Richard Winn Chapter and DAR, e-mail richardwinn@tndar.org

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