DAR officials announce local essay winners at meeting

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Essay winners (from left) are River Champion, Andrew Lawrence, Vanessa Hernandez, Rene Lehman, and Hannah DeFriend pictured with DAR Regent Nancy McSwane.
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Five area students were named winners in the Jonathan Hardin Chapter essay contests. Hannah DeFriend, a junior at Groesbeck High School, earned first place in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. This contest was sponsored by NSDAR and the National Italian American Foundation for students in grades 9-12. The essay theme was “Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus the Ships of Today.” Winning the American History Essay Contest were:

  • Andrew Lawrence – 5th grade Groesbeck Intermediate School
  • River Champion – 6th grade Groesbeck Intermediate School
  • Vanessa Hernandez – 7th grade Dew ISD
  • Rene Lehman – 8th grade Dew ISD

These students were from grades 5-8 and their topic was "The Women's Suffrage Campaign." This campaign led to the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote and hold office. All contest winners in American History and Christopher Columbus read their winning essays at the Nov. 14 meeting.

In other chapter news, a report was given on Capt. Richard W. Podell, a soldier being laid to rest in Thornton, who has been missing in action since 1967. Capt. Podell was returned home with full military honors including a C-130 fly over. He


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