Libertad Chapter DAR Honors American History Students

LIBERTY, March 22, 2012 - The Libertad Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution honored area students Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. that participated in their annual American History Essay Contest. The event was held in the library of the Jean and Price Daniel home on the grounds of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. The essay contest is in two categories and includes the “Christopher Columbus Essay Contest” and the “American History Essay Contest.”

Since 1996, the NSDAR has joined with the National Italian American Foundation to sponsor an annual national essay contest on Christopher Columbus. The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. The 2012 topic is Christopher Columbus in his own time, in history and today. Students were asked to describe Christopher Columbus as he was understood in three different time periods: What did 15th century people think about his accomplishments? How did 19th century historians view him? How did Columbus, who had primitive ships and no computers or modern navigation equipment, affect our lives today?

The American History Essay Contest is open to students in grade 5, 6, 7 and 8 in public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled. The 2012 topic “Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812.” Students were asked to pretend they were alive during the War of 1812 and had a friend who had become famous in history because of standing up for America during that exciting but dangerous time. They were asked to describe the person and how he or she stood up for America and to explain why it is important to honor such heroes when we celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.

These contests are conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. The enthusiastic participation of a key teacher or administrator is essential to the success of this event. All schools in the county are contacted and asked to participate. Essay winners are awarded a bronze medal, certificate and gift cards. All participants are recognized and given a certificate of participation.

There were three essay winners this year: Joshua Sundgren, 9th grade of Liberty (home schooled) in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest; Anjali S. Dalwodi, 7th grade of the Cleveland School District and Kaitlin McIntosh, 5th grade of the Devers School District, both in the American History Essay Contest.

7th grade participants from Cleveland were Keith Lovings, Aline Medina, Cody Marsh, Madison Cowart, Emilio Valdez, Abby Kirk, Darran Willis, Cory Rancher, Joshua McBee, Giselle Reyes, Shilo Gant, Nathan Tope, Megan Lairson and David Fulcher. 5th grade participants from Liberty were Laura Mooman, Madelyn Grace Motschman, Tylan Danek, Alex Smith, Ta Nia Donatto, Emily Connelly, Kris Kreuzer, Sara Allicyn Lopez, Reagan Russell, Kori Tulley, Peyton Curtis Cedotal, Katelyn Mealer, Xavier Randolph, Joley Maxey, Giovanni Ruiz, Morgan Crump and Brucarius Zone. 5th grade participants from Devers were Bailey Alyssa Luke, Luke Evans, Dacey Simmons, Chasitie Winkle, Payten Taylor, Hector Moreno, Carter Haidusek, Ricardo Gallegos, Sebastian Boyett and Brooklynn Anderson.

The students, parents, family members and faculty were honored after the awards ceremony with a special reception in the dining room of the house-museum.

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