Students earn national honors in American history essay contest

Students earn national honors in American history essay contest


Twenty-nine Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) students were honored with national awards for their submissions 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 “Celebrate America.” These students advanced to the national competition after placing at the local, state and regional levels and were honored May 7 in an awards ceremony at the Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum in Glasva.

The following students placed at the national event.

  • Allison Ament, first place, banner category, third grade, Mary H. Matula Elementary School;
  • Kenyse Graham, first place, banner category, third grade, Matula;
  • Austin Ashley, first place, banner category, third grade, Matula;
  • Trinity Boyce, first place, banner category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Angela Farnham, first place, banner category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Kaitlin Candela, first place, banner category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Hanna Leszczynski, first place, banner category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Nick Quade, honorable mention, banner category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Aashiyana Brown, honorable mention, banner category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Ervin De Leon, honorable mention, banner category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Zharria Wilson, honorable mention, banner category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • McKenzie Perrier, first place, photo essay category, third grade, Gale-Bailey Elementary School;
  • Journey Gardner, first place, poem category, second grade, Matula;
  • Allison Ament, first place, poem category, third grade, Matula;
  • Faith Rothell, first place, poem category, fourth grade, Gale-Bailey;
  • Morgan Vicha, second place, poem category, Benjamin Stoddert Middle School;
  • Mackenzie Fox, third place, poem category, fifth grade, Dr. James Craik Elementary School;
  • Rajan Venkatesh, first place, poster category, third grade, Gale-Bailey;
  • Katherine Bowling, first place, poster category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Zoe Hakim, first place, poster category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Aliyah Brazile, first place, poster category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Eric Hodgson, third place, poster category, fifth grade, Matula;
  • Nya Whitney, third place, poster category, second grade, Craik;
  • Caleb Borst, honorable mention, poster category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Elaina Winkler, first place, short story category, fourth grade, Matula;
  • Chandler Bell, first place, short story category, eighth grade, Stoddert;
  • Jadyn Woolsey, first place, stamp design category, third grade, Craik;
  • Ryann Tompkins, first place, stamp design category, fourth grade, Matula; and
  • Eliza Freundel, third place, stamp design category, second grade, Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School;
  • Kendall Vermillion, honorable mention, stamp design category, fifth grade, Walter J. Mitchell Elementary School.

The local contest was sponsored by the Port Tobacco Chapter of the NSDAR. Local winners first advance to the state level. First- and second-place state winners advance to the regional and national levels. A total of 333 students from CCPS and private schools entered the local competition this school year.

For more information about contests available through the NSDAR, visit http://www.dar.org/.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 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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