Ox Ridge fifth grader wins first place in DAR essay contest

An Ox Ridge fifth grader took first place in the Good Wife’s River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s annual American History essay contest.

All participants are fifth grade students in the Darien School System.

The first place winner is Alexandra Bodnar from Ox Ridge School. The second place winner is Charles O’Connor from Royle School. The third place winner is Skylar Ford from Hindley.

Honorable mention winners are William Roose from Tokeneke School and Kaitlyn Popson from Ox Ridge School.

This year’s subject was “The Forgotten Patriots Who Supported American Struggle for Independence.” Participants were to focus on the groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others who provided military, patriotic and public service in support of the American Revolution. They described a particular person or group and how they supported the cause for American Independence and explained why it is especially important to honor the unsung heroes and other forgotten patriots.

Teachers were asked to select their five best essays and submit them to the chapter.

The students that were selected but were not finalists are as follows:

From Hindley: Schuyler Coughlin, Maggie Moffatt, and Jack Roberson.

From Holmes: Catherine O’Connor.

From Ox Ridge: Jack Conti, Riya Krishnan, Brigitte Reid.

From Royle: Catherine Duggan, Ethan Haas, Will Harmon, Mackenzie Swift.

From Tokeneke: Hugh Heams, Jack Holly, Coco Jepsen, Kathleen Koorbusch, Maya Nalawade, Aaron Burr.

The members of the Good Wife’s River Chapter of the DAR thanks all the students from all the schools for an their efforts in writing their essays. The members of the chapter encourage the students to continue reading our exciting American history.

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, Feb. 4, at the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien.

The winners are requested to read their essays to the principals, teachers, parents, family, friends and Chapter members. A reception followed the presentation.

The first place essay was sent to the Connecticut State DAR Chairperson. The essay will be entered in the state competition. The judging of the state competition will take place later this spring.

The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. (1 p.m. for members) at the Noroton Presbyterian Church, 2011 Post Road, and awards and certificates will be given to winners. All winners will read their essay to the principals, teachers, parents, family members and DAR members.

A brief reception will follow the awards presentation. Parents are requested to transport their children from school to the Noroton Presbyterian Church.


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