Four Fifth Graders Win Awards in Darien Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest

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Ox Ridge student William Curtis won first place in Darien’s Good Wife’s River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution’s 2020 Fifth Grade Essay Contest. He was one of four Darien fifth graders who won awards in the contest.

— an announcement from the Good Wife’s River Chapter of the DAR

DAR Essay Contest winners 2020

Photo from the Good Wife's Chapter

From left, Essay Chairman/Contest Coordinator Sandi MacPherson, Fifth Grade Essay Contest winners Ellie Shpetner from Royle (honorable mention), William Curtis from Ox Ridge (first place); Quincy Kettell attends Hindley (third place); Madeline Galligan from Tokeneke (second place), DAR chapter Regent Nicole Gorman.

Since 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony, this year’s essay topic was: “The Voyage of the Mayflower.” Curtis’s winning essay is now entered into the CT State DAR Essay Contest.

The DAR chapter hosted a reception for the winners, their families, teachers and administrators in the parlor of the Noroton Presbyterian Church, where each of the students were presented with gift certificates from Barrett Bookstore and a DAR certificate.

Membership in the DAR is open to any woman over the age of 18 who can trace her direct lineage to a Patriot whose last act was to serve or furnish material aid to the cause of American Independence during the Revolutionary War.

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