WILMINGTON — At the time of its founding in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution laid forth the objectives of the organization as historical, educational, and patriotic. Now 125 years later, those objectives remain unchanged.
Committed to furthering the founding objectives, each year the George Clinton Chapter of the DAR sponsors an American History essay contest open to students of public, private, parochial, and home-schooled education in grades five through eight.
This year’s contest commemorated the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act which was passed by the British Parliament in 1765 and required all colonists to pay a tax on every printed piece of paper they used. The Stamp Act was viewed by the colonists as “taxation without representation.”
Contest guidelines asked students to describe a colonial family’s discussion about the new Stamp Act and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.
Final essays included requirements in length, citation for sources of research, and stylistic formatting, all of which are characteristic of academic standards of higher education. Submitted essays were then scored based on historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of content, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, and neatness.
Eighth-grade students at Wilmington Middle School swept the county with Paiton Walker’s essay earning first-place honors, Emily Spendlove second and Madison Moore third. Colin Ames finished in third place in the sixth-grade competition.
All local winners were presented with certificates, medals, and monetary awards. Walker’s essay was advanced to the next level in the competition, where it will be judged against other winning eighth grade pieces from around the state.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.