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Milford Student Earns DAR Honors

Posted on: March 24, 2015

The American History Essay Contest is open to students in public, private and parochial schools and registered home-study programs in grades 5-8.   The contest was established to encourage young people to think about our nation’s great history and relate to it on a more personal and creative level.    Each year a selected topic is published by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and contests are conducted throughout the United States. First place winners in each DAR chapter are submitted to district, state and ultimately the national level.

This year, students were asked to write an original story imagining a life as a child entering Ellis Island in the 1800’s and writing of their experiences to a cousin in their country of origin.   Points are given for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.  Miss Sneed wrote as a child leaving Ireland due to the potato famine.

Mrs. Sherri Smithson, and Mrs. Katleyn Issler, Milford Junior High American History teachers for Milford Exempted Village Schools, submitted essays completed by Milford 8th grade for judging at the chapter level.  Originally 49 students participated in the  contest with the top 10 submitted to the chapter.  Of those, one is chosen to proceed to the district level.  Mrs. Smithson coordinated the topic with common core requirements and with classroom emphasis on connection to the U.S. Constitution and to genealogical research.  Mrs. Judy Shaekley, Mariemont Chapter Chairman of the American History Contest   coordinated judging and presentation of the first place award.