Winning student writers honored by DAR

RANCHO SANTA FE — The De Anza Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, hosted an award ceremony for its annual essay contest and Colonial Tea on Feb. 5 at Church of the Nativity, 6309 El Apajo Road.
The club’s American History essay contest honored fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade student finalists. The awards ceremony included music, a color guard provided by the Sons of the American Revolution, San Diego Chapter and colonial tea.
The first-place chapter finalist from each grade received a certificate, medal and $100 from the De Anza Chapter, NSDAR. Students from St. John the Evangelist School, St. James Academy, Rancho Santa Fe School, Ocean Knoll, The Nativity School, The Rhodes School, Carmel Valley Middle School and Mission Estancia Elementary School participated.
The essay topic this year was The Memoirs of Paul Revere. In celebration of the 235th anniversary of the birth of Paul Revere, the students imagined they were the famous American patriot who was writing his memoirs. This includes various accomplishments for which Paul Revere wishes to be remembered in the annals of American History including his famous midnight ride from Boston to Lexington. The contest was co-chaired by Joanne Dudek, Kathy Loftman and Debbie Giese from the De Anza NSDAR Chapter.
The mission of the De Anza Chapter, NSDAR, is a lineage society whose mission is to perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence, to promote knowledge of American history, to conduct genealogical research and to cherish, maintain and perpetuate American freedom, liberty and patriotism. Call Joanne Dudek, co-chair, for additional information at (858) 756-3326.

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