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Local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution announce contest winners 

8th grader, Kate Harrington and Emma Chandler

8th grader, Kate Harrington and 7th grader Emma Chandler of St. Rose Catholic School.

North County students win American history essay contests

– The El Paso de Robles Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced the local winners of their annual American History and Patriot of the American Revolution contest.

The American History essay contest is open to children in the 5th through 8th grades. The Patriot of the American Revolution award is open to students in 9th through 12th grades. The DAR Good Citizen award is open to a student who is selected by their school to represent the school. All contests are open to accredited schools, public and private, in North County.

The essay contest topic was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Students were to imagine their brother was killed in France in World War I. The student and their family would then attend the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The student is to describe what this meant to them and why it is important to remember those who lost their lives to serve our nation.

The winners were:

  • 5th grader Anna Botts, daughter of Sarah and Randy Botts, who attends Vineyard Elementary School.
  • 7th grader, Emma Chandler, daughter of Hannah and Ian Chandler, who attends St. Rose Catholic School.
    Emma also won the District VII award.
  • 8th grader, Kate Harrington, daughter of Edith and Douglas Harrington, who attends St. Rose Catholic
    School.
Anna Botts and Cadence Guizar

5th grader Anna Botts of Vineyard Elementary School and Cadence Guizar of Shandon High School.

For the Patriots of American History contest, the student was to select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-1783) and discuss who he or she was and their contribution to the founding of a new nation. It could be a well-known or an everyday man, woman, or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small. Only one winner is selected. This year’s winner was Cadence Guizar, daughter of Michele Fielder and Emmanuel Guizar. She attends Shandon High School.

John Nicholson

John Nicholson of Templeton High Scool.

 

The DAR Good Citizen contest is open to the student who is selected by their high school to represent the school. Students must be in the 12th grade. This year’s topic was “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.” The focus question was “How do the qualities of a good citizen (dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism) help support our nation.” The winner was John Nicholson, son of Cynthia and Jed Nicholson. He attends Templeton High School. John also won both District VII and State.

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