One of the ways the DAR American History Committee promotes American History throughout each year is to sponsor the American History Essay Contest, honoring significant historical people, places, dates, and events. Winners of this competition at Copiah Academy were present and were recognized for their outstanding essays on the subject,“The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.” Winners in grade 6 were 1st Blakeney Byrd, 2nd Karyl Walker, 3rd Shauna Gandenberger, and winners in grade 8 were 1st Rachel Moore, 2nd Carson Flumm, 3rd Eli Scurlock. Blakeney Byrd read her essay at the meeting.
Justin Morris, senior at Copiah Academy, was also honored, as he was chosen DAR Good Citizen for his school. The DAR Good Citizens Program is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship:
•Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.)
•Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.)
•Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.)
•Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals)
The student must also write an impromptu essay, without reference materials or prior knowledge of the subject. Justin read his essay “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It.”
Marti Calhoun from Wesson Attendance Center was the DAR Good Citizen for her school but was not present due to a prior commitment. She will attend and read her essay at a future meeting.
Cherokee Rose Chapter recognized Sarah Armstrong for 50 years of membership, and presented her a certificate. The Hazlehurst High School ROTC Metal winner was announced, 2nd Lt. Jalee Barnes. Hostesses for the meeting were Pat King, Sharron Malpass, and Alice Moreland.