wins essay contest
Casey Danly, a 5th grader at Prairie Middle School, is the winner of the “Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest” of the Alica Whitman Chapter. The topic of the essay was “Jamestown Colony is Settled.” To help commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, students had to take on the persona of one of the early settlers and write a letter back to a family member who remained in England, and tell them about the activities and hardships involved with helping to establish the settlement. Essays for the 5th grade category had to be between 300-600 words. Students were asked to include a bibliography page with any internet sources or books they used to find their information.
Casey, the son of Lynn and Greg Danly, was presented a bronze medal, certificate, and a gift certificate worth $50 from the local Chapter at an awards ceremony on Feb. 17, 2007 at the Masonic Hall in Lewiston. Casey’s essay will be forwarded to the state competition where they will choose a winner at that level and then possibly to the next division level, and possibly to the national level
Giving students real world experiences to write is one of the most important things we can do for kids. Entering essay contests and publishing student writing makes the students take more pride in their pieces and they are proud of them. Giving kids opportunities for writing also paves the way for writing essays for scholarships at the high school level. Nice job Casey Danly!