The Elizabeth Carey Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors annually the American History essay contest for grades 5-8, the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest for grades 9-12, and the Good Citizen Award for grade 12.
The American History Essay Contest topic was “World War I; Remembering the War to End all Wars.” The winners were: Fifth grade, Kiera Gravely from Truman Elementary School; no sixth grade entries; seventh grade, Rylee Brown from El Dorado Christian School; eighth grade, Zachary Charbonneau from El Dorado Springs R-2 School.
The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest topic was “Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Relationships Between Foreign Parties.” The winner was Ryan Raddatz, a senior from El Dorado Springs R-2 High School. Ryan’s essay was also selected as the winning state essay and received recognition at the DAR State Conference in Kansas city on April 21.
The Good Citizen Award is recognized for a high school senior from area schools in Vernon and Cedar Counties who show the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. These students have the opportunity to enter the Missouri State DAR Scholarship contest by writing an essay on “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving it” along with their resume. Those high school seniors recognized as Good Citizens from their schools were: Becca Raper, Bronaugh High School; Amy Sue Ford, El Dorado Springs High School; Emma Pritchett, Northeast Vernon Co. High School; Lane Compton, Sheldon High School and Cindi Protho, Stockton High School. Amy Sue Ford’s scholarship application was selected to be submitted to the state contest.
Lori Hunt served as Chairman on the American History and Christopher Columbus Essay Contests and Jenise Burch served as chairman of the Good Citizens Award Contest.
These contests are open to all schools in Vernon and Cedar Counties and to any home schooled students.