Eight Shell Knob middle school students were given awards at the annual Daughters of the Revolution Tea. Every year students 5th-8th from local schools are given a historical topic to write an essay about. This year’s topic was, “Celebrating a Century: America’s National Parks.”
Students had to research the different national parks and choose a park to write about. Then students had to pretend to go on a trip to the national park of their choice and journal while they were there. Students had to blend fact with fiction to write journal entries about the National Parks and explain why the parks are important to the American people.
The essays are read by the ladies in DAR and judged for their historical accuracy, their length, their adherence to the topic, and their creativity. The students winning 1st and 2nd place are invited to the annual tea. All 1st and 2nd place winners are given a certificate and coin in honor of their effort and abilities. However, there are also overall winners who are the Elk Horn Chapter winners and their essays go on to the state level. They also get to read their essay and get a special pin.
The students then get to meet the ladies who keep our history alive for future generations.
Essay winners in 5th grade were Amber Hayes (1st place) and Dre’ Jines (2nd place), Essay winners in 6th grade were Kylie Martin (1st place) and Isaac Hadlow (2nd place). Essay winners in 7th grade were Avery Crain (1st Place), and Dalton Anderson (2nd place) and Essay winners in 8th grade were Olivia Elliott (1st place) and Haylie Rickard (2nd place).
Out of the several schools invited to participate two of our students were 1st place chapter winners. Olivia Elliott and Kylie Martin read their essays and have had them submitted to the state level competition.