Lo­cal DAR chap­ter rec­og­nizes award win­ners

Stu­dents rec­og­nized for Amer­i­can his­tory es­say, ju­nior cit­i­zens con­tests

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

The Port To­bacco chap­ter of the Na­tional So­ci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion rec­og­nized more than 140 Charles County stu­dents who placed in the DAR’s an­nual Amer­i­can His­tory Es­say Con­test and Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens Con­test.

“It’s pretty im­pres­sive the work that is be­ing done by our stu­dents in this county,” said Peter Mur­phy (D), pres­i­dent of the Charles County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, dur­ing an awards cer­e­mony held Satur­day at the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Mu­seum in New­burg.

The NSDAR is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion com­posed of women who can prove de­scent from an in­di­vid­ual who fought for in­de­pen­dence in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion and ex­ists as a vol­un­teer women’s ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion “ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing pa­tri­o­tism, pre­serv­ing Amer­i­can his­tory, and se­cur­ing Amer­ica’s fu­ture through bet­ter education for chil­dren,” ac­cord­ing to the na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site.

The NSDAR spon­sors an­nual Amer­i­can His­tory Es­say con­tests and Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens con­tests at the lo­cal, state, re­gional and na­tional chap­ters.

The es­say con­test, open to pri­vate, pub­lic and home­school stu­dents grades 5-8, rec­og­nized the 250th an­niver­sary of the Bri­tish Stamp Act, which re­quired colonists, who had no rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Bri­tish Par­lia­ment, to pay a tax on ev­ery piece of pa­per used.

“The Stamp Act was viewed as ‘tax­a­tion with­out rep­re­sen­ta­tion’ by the colonists,” said Vic­to­ria Kelly, DAR Port To­bacco chap­ter chair­woman. “Stu­dents were chal­lenged with writ­ing an es­say de­scrib­ing a colo­nial fam­ily’s re­ac­tion to the Stamp Act and what role it played in the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.”

The Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens Con­test is open to stu­dents in grades 1-12 to pro­duce works of art (ban­ner, stamp de­sign, poster and photo es­say), cre­ative ex­pres­sion (po­etry and short story) or community ser­vice based on a dif­fer­ent theme each year. This year’s theme was “Cel­e­brate Amer­ica,” and 333 sub­mis­sions were re­ceived, Kelly said.

Kelly said that win­ners used to be rec­og­nized at the state DAR con­fer­ence, but due to the num­ber of Charles County par­tic­i­pants, it was de­cided to hold a lo­cal awards cer­e­mony be­gin­ning in 2013.

“There were so many sub­mis­sions from the Port To­bacco chap­ter that you kind of out­num­bered the sub­mis­sions from kids in the rest of the states,” said Carol Larkin, re­gent of the Mary­land DAR chap­ter.

Many of the stu­dents who placed first in the Port To­bacco com­pe­ti­tion have gone on to com­pete in the state com­pe­ti­tion, and in the case of the Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens Con­test, the re­gional and na­tional lev­els as well.


The Port To­bacco Chap­ter of the Na­tional So­ci­ety Daugh­ters of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion rec­og­nized Charles County Amer­i­can His­tory Con­test and Ju­nior Amer­i­can Cit­i­zens Con­test win­ners Satur­day at the Mary­land Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Musuem in New­burg.

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