Each year, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) annually sponsors the American History Essay Contest for students in grades 5-8. The Governor David Emanuel-Adam Brinson Chapter, NSDAR, promoted this essay contest to students in all schools in Emanuel County. The topic for 2020-2021 was the Boston Massacre. March 5, 2020 marked the 250th anniversary of this historic event. The students were required to write their essay from the perspective of someone living in Boston and witnessing the events of March 5.
The following students submitted the best essay from their grade at the school-level of competition: Eighth grade - Jamie Gunter, David Emanuel Academy (DEA); Hallie Kate Johnson, Emanuel County Institute (ECI); and Ariel Averett, Swainsboro Middle School (SMS).
Seventh grade - Addalyn Terwilliger, DEA; Arachchige Nimna Samadhi Salgado, ECI; and Alexus Le’unna Mercer, SMS.
Sixth grade - Tucker Free, DEA; and Lilly DeLeon, ECI.
Fifth grade - Aubrey Scott, DEA.
Essays of the school winners were evaluated to determine a chapter winner as follows:
Ariel Averett, eighth grade; Addalyn Terwilliger, seventh grade; Tucker Free, sixth grade; and Aubrey Scott, fifth grade.
The four chapter winners received a certificate and $25 check.
These essays advanced to district-level competition. Scott was the southeast district winner. Her essay will be forwarded for state-level competition.
“We are thankful for each student who took the time to learn more about the Boston Massacre and write an essay,” shared Lynn Torrance, DAR member, who coordinated the local participation. “You are all to be commended.”