Youth wins local, state DAR contest
By BRENDA HARRISON Editor of The News Journal Florence, S.C.
The Samuel Bacot Chapter, DAR, hosted its annual American History and Good Citizens program on March 14 at the Florence County Library.
Member Stephanie Raia introduced the winning finalists for the American History Essay Contest. Each finalist read their essays and the winners were announced. The topic was “World War I, Remembering the War to End All Wars.”
Eighth grader finalists were Cydney Turner of Maranatha Christian School, William Lewis of Sneed Middle School and Kate Potter of Sneed, who had the winning essay.
Seventh grader finalists were Alex Snow who was not present, Conor Koon and Davis Searling, all of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School. Davis was the winner.
Sixth grader finalists were Chris Rishmawi, Caroline Owens and Matthew Leland, all from Florence Christian School. Matthew Leland not only wrote the chapter’s winning essay, but his composition took first place in the state. He was recognized in Columbia on Saturday, March 17. His essay will be entered in the national contest.
To prepare for his essay, Matthew read two books and watched a YouTube video on WWI. He said his research taught him about the Espionage Act and what went on during this war.
Donna O’brien introduced the high school finalists for the Good Citizen Awards who also read their essays. The topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving,” and subtitled, “How Has America Advanced the Cause of Freedom in the Rest of the World.”
The winner was Mary Catherine Mitchell of Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate who received a check for $100. Finalists were Ann Walker Payne of West Florence, and Colton Mims of South Florence. Mims was not present.