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.