Fifth-grader wins essay contest by DAR
Fifth grader Dylan Brady of Alta Sierra Elementary School is the author of the award-winning essay in a contest sponsored by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Dylan faced stiff competition locally, where 75 essays were entered by area fifth graders. As winner of the local competition, Dylan’s essay went on to win again in a greater school district area sponsored by eight DAR chapters – two in Sacramento, one each in Roseville, Auburn, Pleasanton, Stockton, Vacaville, and the Grass Valley/Nevada City chapter. Dylan’s essay will now go on to be judged at the state level.
Students were asked to write on the subject, “As editor of the Philadelphia Gazette, interview at least two signers of the Declaration of Independence and write an article for the July 5, 1776, edition.”
Eleven-year-old Dylan is a student in Mrs. Hagar’s fifth grade class at Alta Sierra Elementary School.
When Mrs. Hagar assigned the interview with two signers of the Declaration of Independence, she encouraged her students to find out as much as possible about the signers they selected. Brady researched John Hancock and John Adams, using encyclopedias, the Internet, and his brother Kyle’s eighth grade social studies text. Background information he uncovered gave him an idea of the personalities of the two men and helped Brady think about how each might have answered the questions he asked.
Brady will be honored at a celebratory tea in March, during which he will receive a certificate, a bronze DAR medal, and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond from The Captain John Oldham Chapter.
DAR chapters across the nation sponsor an American History Essay contest each year, with the hope that such an essay may promote further study and understanding of our country’s history.
– The Union staff
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