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Local winners announced for American History essay contest

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Davey Jackson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) has announced that two local students have been recognized for their historical essays. This year’s contest topic was “The Boston Massacre”, in recognition of the 250th anniversary. 

The two local students being recognized are Leisel Maher and Phoebe Turner who submitted winning entries. With this recognition, they will also be awarded a winner’s certificate, a check for $50, a pocket-sized copy of the United States Constitution, and the “American Revolution” by DK Eyewitness Books. 

The D.A.R. established this annual essay contest to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s history and learn about history in a new light. Each academic year, a unique essay topic is chosen and guidelines are made available.  Essays are judged on the basis of historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

Leisel Maher is the daughter of Macye and Alex Maher and attends the 5th grade at the Jackson Hole Classical Academy.  Miss Maher’s essay is titled, “The Boston Massacre: Crispus Attucks and Other Patriots Who Sparked the American Revolution”.

Phoebe Turner is the daughter of Polly and Wayne Turner and attends the 6th grade at Mountain Academy at Teton Science Schools. Miss Turner’s essay is entitled: “The Boston Massacre: A Family Divided”.

The essays submitted by Maher and Turner now advance to the Wyoming state level. The Wyoming state winner from each grade will advance to the divisional level. The divisional winners will advance to the national level where the winners are announced. All national winners will receive a certificate, medal, and a monetary award. Judging at the state level will be completed by the end of January.

Find out more about The Davey Jackson Chapter at www.dar.org or contact Mrs. Ru Rok at djc.wydar.historian@gmail.com.

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