The LaGrange Daughters of American Revolution Chapter recently had 80 students in the Troup County School System participate in the American History Essay Contest.
The title of the essay was “The Lives of Children during the American Revolution.” The first place winner for the fifth grade was Hooper Hammond, Hollis Hand Elementary School, who wrote a story about his father who was a carpenter and pretended to hate the Sons of Liberty, but the secret was that his father was actually a member of the Sons of Liberty.
The second place winner for the fifth grade was Zenay Rhaney, Ethel Kight Magnet School, who wrote about her father reading her a bedtime story about fighting in the Revolutionary War.
The third place winner was Azia Meriweather, Berta Weathersbee Elementary, who wrote about what the houses were at that time and how she hated school, but had learned to read a newspaper, then mentioned three battles of the war which she had read about.
The first place winner for eighth grade was Jory Marshall, Gardner Newman Middle School, who wrote about being the son of John Adams.
The second place winner was Abby Taylor, Long Cane Middle School, who wrote about how the family survived while their father and brother went off to fight in the Revolutionary Way; both returned.
The third place winner was Maddy Gosdin, Gardner Newman, who wrote a diary about what a family did during the Revolutionary War, which ended on Jan. 2, 1781, because she had just turned fifteen and she became a “Daughter of Liberty.”
The awards were presented by Sally Sue Bradley, M.Ed., Ed.S, chairman of the American History Committee. The second place and third place winners received their certificates at their school. The first place winners received their certificates at the Board of Education meeting on Dec. 12.
Both first place winners’ essays have gone on for judging in the district competition.