• Allison Glass/News DAR American History Essay Contest winners receive their certificates from Vice Regent Brenda Whitaker, back, at a celebration on Saturday. Pictured, from left, are Kayla Turner, seventh grade, Centerburg; Chloe Clayborne, fifth grade, Pleasant Street; Kaitlyn Thompson, fifth grade, Pleasant Street; and Logan Huffman, sixth grade, East Knox.
  • Allison Glass/News DAR Good Citizen Scholarship Essay winners are pictured with their certificates, which were presented by Lucy Knox Daughters of the American Revolution member Suzy Davidson, back. They were celebrated at an event on Saturday. Pictured from left to right are Renee Kinser, Centerburg; Leah Turner, Fredericktown; and Mary Elizabeth Harris, Mount Vernon. Harris is the district winner for her essay.

MOUNT VERNON — Engaging and celebrating history with young students is no easy feat, but The Lucy Knox Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has managed to encourage the love of history with fifth through eighth grade students in Knox County. The DAR celebrated the winners of their annual essay contest Saturday at Faith Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, where dozens of prominent community members and young people gathered to celebrate the ideals of scholarship and patriotism.

The theme of the middle school essay was “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars,” in which the students were made to put themselves into the timeline of World War I by imagining they lived in 1918.

According to DAR member Suzy Davidson, there were 256 submissions to the essay contest this year, with eight winners.

“These students have been engaging with history very well. I was particularly impressed with the East Knox 6th grade students, they had the district winner,” Davidson told the News.


Allison Glass: 740-397-5333 or allison@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @




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