Daughters of the American Revolution recognize essay contest winners

Essay winners are from back row left: Mallory Norman, Kelly Tolman and Annie Musgrave; third row from left are: Rylan Guendert, David King and Laura Campion; second row from left are: Alexandria Abillar, Samantha DeCosta, Kari Anema, Elise Selling, Gabriel Biagioni and Tyler Meehleis; and front row from left are: Emma Villavicencio, Caroline Blower, Kaitlyn Flores, Matthew Petersen, Julienne Templeman, Kaitlyn Nicholsky and Isabella Wallace. 

Daughters of the American Revolution, El Toyon Chapter, honored 23 American History Essay contest winners, their principals, teachers, parents, and guests with an award ceremony and tea on March 5 at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

Fifth grough eighth grade students in public and private schools, as well as home schooled students, are eligible to participate in the annual contest. This year’s topic, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” proved to be an interesting one for the 110 participants from four area schools: St. Peter Lutheran School, Lodi Christian School, Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy and First Baptist Christian School of Stockton.

Each school selected the top three essays from grades fifth through eighth, which were forwarded to the judges for competition among the four schools. This year’s judges from the community were Sara Blicharz, Mary Moyer, and Trudy Reed.

Winners received a certificate of achievement, a flag code booklet, and scholarship monies; first-place winners also received bronze medals. First-place essays were forwarded to DAR District II to compete at the district level. We are pleased to announce that two first-place winners were District II winners and are now competing at the state level. District II winners received a certificate of achievement and scholarship monies.

The 2015 American History Essay Contest Winners are:

5th grade winners: Julienne Templeman, first-place chapter winner and first-place district winner, Lodi Christian; Kaitlyn Nicholsky, second-place, Lodi Christian; Matthew Petersen, third-place, First Baptist Christian; Emma Villavicencio, First Baptist Christian; Caroline Blower, First Baptist Christian, Kaitlyn Flores, First Baptist Christian; and Isabella Wallace, Lodi Christian.

6th grade winners: Kari Anema, first-place, Lodi Christian; Gabriel Biagioni, second-place, St. Peter Lutheran; Tyler Meehleis, third-place, Lodi Christian; Samantha DeCosta, St. Peter Lutheran; Alexandria Abillar, St. Peter Lutheran; Elise Selling, Lodi Christian; Johnna Schroeder, Ben Holt Academy; Caroline Richison, Ben Holt Academy; Jimena Rodrigues, Ben Holt Academy; Ella Reyes, Ben Holt Academy.

7th grade winners: Rylan Guendert, first-place chapter winner and first-place district winner, Lodi Christian; Laura Campion, second-place, Lodi Christian; David King, third-place, Lodi Christian.

8th grade winners: Kelly Tolman, first-place, Lodi Christian; Mallory Norman, second-place, Lodi Christian; Annie Musgrave, third-place, Lodi Christian.

— Source: Brenda Sieglock

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