Arkadelphia DAR announces essay winners

Peake teacher Hillary Brown, left, is pictured with essay winners, pictured left to right: Jack Taylor, Delaney Beene and Payton Francis. | Submitted photo

The local Daughters of the American Revolution – Arkadelphia Chapter recognized three fifth grade students from Arkadelphia’s Peake Elementary School in their regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, March 14.  The following students were announced as winners of the American History Essay Contest held annually:

3rd place, Jack Taylor; 2nd place, Delaney Beene, and 1st place, Payton Francis. All are students of Mrs. Hillary Brown. Each student received a monetary gift, a pin, and certificate as a local winner. 

Each winner read their essay to the members of the Chapter and family members present.

This year’s essay title was “Delegate to Second Continental Congress” with these instructions: Imagine that you are a delegate during 1775-1776. Which colony are you from, and what will be important for you to accomplish for your colony? The Second Continental Congress met from May 10, 1775 – March 1, 1781 and included delegates from all 13 original colonies.

Terry Hagood, chairperson for Arkadelphia Chapter American History Committee, presents awards to Payton Francis, winner of the essay contest. | Submitted photo

It was also announced at the March 14 meeting that the essay written by Payton Francis has been selected as the Arkansas State Winner. She will be recognized Saturday, March 25, at the 115th Annual Conference of the Arkansas State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution held in Little Rock, Arkansas.  Her essay will also be entered in the national contest.

— Submitted by Janice Ramsey – Publicity Arkadelphia DAR Chapter