Westside Elementary fifth-grader Ariana Acevedo and Hood River Valley High School ninth-grader Abby Walker were selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution Celilo Chapter’s 2013-14 American History Essay Contest winners.
Ariana is the daughter of Maria Marmolejo and Jose Acevedo of Hood River. Her essay, entitled “Life of Children during the American Revolution,” was selected in the fifth-eighth-grade category. Abby is the daughter of Eric and Trisha Walker of Odell. Her essay, entitled “How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?”, was selected in the ninth-12th-grade category.
The girls were recognized and presented the Celilo Chapter Award by Nancy Slagle, chair of the American History Contest for the Celilo Chapter, and Joni Walker, Celilo Chapter regent, during the March 19 DAR-Celilo Chapter meeting at the Hood River City Fire Department.
Students’ essays are nominated for the award based on the qualities of historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness. Ariana’s and Abby’s essays were chosen from all public, private, home-schooled or parochial schools in Hood River and The Dalles as the top essays.
The essays have been advanced to the DAR state level. The state winner will advance to the division level and then on to the national level. The national winner will travel to Washington, D.C., to the DAR Continental Congress in July.
Students in Mrs. Vanessa Bullock’s Language Arts and Social Studies BRAVO classes participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution annual essay contest in October. The students wrote journal entries as someone who had toured America’s national parks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
The winners of the competition were recently awarded certificates by Ms. Deborah Brown, local DAR representative. 1st place winners also received very nice medallions. Mrs. Kathy Bobo, DAR member, encouraged the competition and adds her congratulations to all the winners.
8th grade DAR essay contest winners were 3rd place Justin Mink, 2nd place Kyra Ramsey (not pictured), and 1st place Hannah Neeley.
7th grade DAR essay contest winners were 3rd place Kylie Martin, 2nd place Ethan Fain, and 1st place Landon Gentry.
6th grade DAR essay contest winners were: 3rd place Bailey Bullock, 2nd place Samuel Burdine, and 1st place Alexis Brock.