The El Toyon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) annual American History Awards and Tea was held on April 2 at Zion Lutheran Church to honor winners of the American history essay contest. This year's topic was,"What message did the Gettysburg Address communicate to our war-torn nation in 1863? How are the ideals articulated in the speech still relevant to our country today?" Contestants were from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades, with awards presented for first, second and third place in each grade. Each 1st place winner read his/her essay aloud to the gathering, which included friends, families, teachers, counselors and DAR members. Participating schools were Lodi Christian School, Mokelumne River School, St. Peter Lutheran School and Vineyard Christian Middle School.
The winners for 5th grade were: first, Carson Guendert, St Peter's Lutheran; second, Jenna Ianni, Lodi Christian; third, Blake Flemmer, Lodi Christian. Winners for 6th grade were; first, Madison MacLeod, Vineyard Christian; second, Julia Baffoni, Lodi Christian; third, Zachary Schmidig, St. Peter's Lutheran. Winners for 7th grade were; first, Matthew Tudor, Vineyard Christian, second, Ian Holt, Lodi Christian, third, Andrew Barnes, Vineyard Christian. Winners for eighth grade were; first, MacKenzie Freed, Lodi Christian, second, Alexander Powaser, St. Peter's, and third Brittany Kim, Vineyard Christian.