Students advance to national level of NSDAR contest

Students advance to national level of NSDAR contest


Twenty-two Charles County Public Schools students recently advanced to the national level of competition in the National Junior American Citizens Contest, sponsored by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The organization includes a Junior American Citizens Committee, which supports contests for children that promote patriotic development. The Junior American Citizens Contest is open to students in grades prekindergarten through 12, and entries range from banners, poems and posters to short stories and stamp designs. This year’s contest theme is “Focusing on the Future.”

Students advance to the national level for earning a first- or second-place award in the Eastern Division of the competition. Students who advanced to the national level are:

  • Aubrey Alexander, first place, banner category, fifth grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
  • Katherine Bowling, first place, poem category, third grade, Matula;
  • Eileen Browning, first place, banner category, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School;
  • Michael Cheney, first place, poem category, second grade, Matula;
  • Keira Davis, first place, banner category, fifth grade, Craik;
  • Arya Forohar, first place, short story category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Param Jhala, first place, stamp category, fifth grade, Craik;
  • Helena Linnick, first place, banner category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Haven Mays, first place, poem category, fourth grade, Mary B. Neal Elementary School;
  • Jenna McCowan, first place, poster category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Danny Mears, first place, poem category, fifth grade, Craik;
  • Wyatt Newcomb, first place, short story category, fourth grade, Craik;
  • Christian Pemberton, first place, short story category, second grade, Craik;
  • Taylor Peterson, first place, banner category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Daniel Smit, first place, stamp category, third grade, Gale-Bailey Elementary School;
  • Alayna Steinmetz, first place, poem category, fourth grade, Craik;
  • Nicole Stockwell, first place, poster category, second grade, Matula;
  • Rickey Talley, first place, stamp category, fourth grade, Neal;
  • Emma Vanden Berg, first place, banner and poster categories, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Elaina Winkler, first place, poster and short story categories, third grade, Matula;
  • Madison Santimays, second place, poem category, third grade, Matula; and
  • Samantha Verras, second place, short story category, fifth grade, Matula.

All of these students advanced to the regional competition after earning a first-place, state level award. State participants were selected for their first place local level award placement. The local contest was sponsored by the Port Tobacco Chapter of the NSDAR. Local winners first advance to the state level and more than 300 students from Berry, Craik, Gale-Bailey, Matula, Neal and William B. Wade elementary schools, as well as students from private schools in Charles County, entered the local competition.

All local winners will be honored at an April 18 awards ceremony at the Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum, where contest submissions will also be on display. For more information about contests available through the NSDAR, visit http://www.dar.org/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

 

 

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