Students named winners in national essay contest

Students named winners in national essay contest

Two Charles County Public Schools students were recently named winners in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest. The contest was open to students in Grades 5-8 and featured the theme of “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.” 

The student winners are Rohey Savage, fifth grader at Dr. Gustavus Brown Elementary School, and Nya Whitney, fifth grader at Dr. James Craik Elementary School. Savage earned a first-place award in the Charles County contest and advances to the state-level competition. Whitney earned a third place award at the county level.

Both Savage and Whitney will be honored in an awards ceremony to be held later this spring at the Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum in Glasva. The student’s work also will be on display at the ceremony.

In their essays, students had to discuss the women’s suffrage campaign and history of the passing of the 19th Amendment by the U.S. Congress. The 19th Amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. In their essays, students were also asked to address the impact the women’s suffrage movement had on Americans politically and socially. The Port Tobacco Chapter of the organization coordinated the contest.

All state winners advance to a divisional level of competition, of which those winners are eligible to compete at the national level for a monetary award. For more information about the essay contest, and other contests available through the Daughters of the American Revolution, visit

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through education.

About CCPS

Charles County Public Schools provides 27,108 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 Kathy Kiessling, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Nikial Majors, 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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