Local students earn essay contest honors

Results are in for the American History Essay Contest sponsored by the Hannah Lee Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Decorah Middle School 7th grader Isaiah Bonnet, son of Andy and Kim Bonnet, is the 7th grade winner and overall chapter winner and Decorah Middle School 5th grader Theo Wood, son of Lance and Jill Wood, is the 5th grade winner of this year’s American History Essay Contest.

Each grade level winner is presented with a certificate and an Excellence in History bronze medal. All other participants receive a certificate of participation. Both Isaiah and Theo’s winning essays were sent on to the Iowa DAR for judging at the state level.

Each year the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors this contest for all area students in grades 5 – 8. This year’s topic was in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921 dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation?”

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 177,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world’s largest and most active service organizations. DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.DAR.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.

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