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TELL CITY – The Lafayette Springs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual awards tea March 10 at the Tell City Junior-Senior High School. Each year, thousands of children across the United States participate in the American history, Christopher Columbus and good citizens essays sponsored by the DAR.
With the encouragement from local teachers, parents and school systems, Perry County had more than 100 children participate in these essays this year.
For the last several years, Perry County has been privileged to place either first, second or third in Indiana in one of these categories. Perry Central fifth-grader Garret James placed third in the state with his American history essay.
Perry County’s winner in the eighth-grade American history essay contest was Shane Lasher of Tell City Junior-Senior High School. The Christopher Columbus essay winner was Phillip Jones, a junior at Tell City.
Each year, a senior from each area school system is nominated by their teachers or the student body for having the qualifications of good citizenship. The qualifications are honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism. This year’s nominees were Levi Hilgenhold of Perry Central and Anjan Kashyab of Tell City. Hil-genhold’s essay won overall and he represented Perry County in this category at the state level.
The Daughters of the American Revolution established these essays to encourage young people to think creatively about the nation’s history and to learn about history in a new light. The members of DAR thank all Perry County students who participated.