The local winners of this year’s essay contest organized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) have now been identified, and one writer’s work has since gone on to win the Southeast District.
The NSDAR annually sponsors the American History Essay Contest for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 as well as the Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Contest for students in grades 9 through 12. The Governor David Emanuel-Adam Brinson Chapter of the NSDAR has promoted this contest in all schools across Emanuel County for many years, including this year. The chapter recently recognized the following students for submitting the best essays from their grades at the school-level competition:
• Ninth through 12th grade — Clayton Hood of David Emanuel Academy, Allie Rigdon of Emanuel County Institute, and Savannah Reynolds of Swainsboro High.
• Eighth grade — Braedon Hooks of ECI and Yasmin Rios of Swainsboro Middle.
• Seventh grade — Brook Fleming of DEA.
• Sixth grade — Weston Lee of DEA and Jackson Cavanah of ECI.
Those schoolwide winners were then whittled down to chapter winners: Hooks, Fleming, Lee, and Reynolds. For this honor, they each received a certificate and a $25 check.
All of their works advanced to district competition, and Reynolds’s essay won the Southeast District.
“We are thankful for each student who took the time to learn more about our American history and write an essay,” shared Lynn Torrance, DAR member who coordinated the local participation. “You are all to be commended.”
The topic for 2021-2022 American History Essay Contest (for younger students) was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, chosen specifically because November 11, 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the tomb’s dedication. Older students competing in the American Revolution Essay Contest, on the other hand, were tasked with selecting a figure from the Revolutionary War era and discussing how this person influenced the course of the revolution.