Ryan Beatty, at left, and his literature teacher, Dianna Robertson, celebrate the success of his history essay on WWI. Courtesy photo.
Ryan Beatty of Bartlett, a seventh-grader at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, advanced to a history essay contest’s state level, based on his submission in a local contest sponsored by the Chickasaw Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution
This year marks the 100th anniversary of when WWI ended, and students in grades 5-8 were invited to write essays based on imagining themselves living in 1918. The essay contest challenged them to write about how the end of the war would affect their daily life, as well as discuss how the changes this war introduced would affect the U.S. in the years to come.
Beatty took first place locally and at the district level with his essay, “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” The DAR recognized Beatty and his literature teacher, Dianna Robertson, at the organization’s chapter meeting on Jan. 27.
Westside Elementary fifth-grader Ariana Acevedo and Hood River Valley High School ninth-grader Abby Walker were selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution Celilo Chapter’s 2013-14 American History Essay Contest winners.
Ariana is the daughter of Maria Marmolejo and Jose Acevedo of Hood River. Her essay, entitled “Life of Children during the American Revolution,” was selected in the fifth-eighth-grade category. Abby is the daughter of Eric and Trisha Walker of Odell. Her essay, entitled “How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?”, was selected in the ninth-12th-grade category.
The girls were recognized and presented the Celilo Chapter Award by Nancy Slagle, chair of the American History Contest for the Celilo Chapter, and Joni Walker, Celilo Chapter regent, during the March 19 DAR-Celilo Chapter meeting at the Hood River City Fire Department.
Students’ essays are nominated for the award based on the qualities of historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness. Ariana’s and Abby’s essays were chosen from all public, private, home-schooled or parochial schools in Hood River and The Dalles as the top essays.
The essays have been advanced to the DAR state level. The state winner will advance to the division level and then on to the national level. The national winner will travel to Washington, D.C., to the DAR Continental Congress in July.