ELIZABETHTOWN — “Remembering the War to End All Wars” was the topic for this year’s National Society Daughters of the American Revolution® American History Essay Contest.
On Thursday, March 8, the Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter hosted an awards luncheon to recognize essay winners and other outstanding youths at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown. Student honorees, accompanied by relatives and school officials were introduced to DAR members who welcomed and prepared lunch for them.
In conducting the meeting, Chapter Regent Terry Smith told the audience that 2018 is the centennial anniversary of both World War I and William Tyler Page’s famous essay, “The American’s Creed “which was recited as part of the DAR opening ritual. Smith then announced the committee categories of the society that recognize student achievement. Eight Bladen County students were recognized for essay writing, citizenship and JROTC leadership.
Clarkton School of Discovery students took chapter honors in two grade levels. Principal Stephanie Norris introduced Caroline Kirby (sixth) and Cate DeVane (seventh). Elizabethtown Christian Academy student Olivia Hill was the winner for grade eight. Winner of the high school level DAR/NIAF Christopher Columbus Essay Contest was Anna Kate White, a junior at East Bladen High School. White, along with two other winners, read their essays to the audience.
West Bladen High School JROTC Instructor Col. John Hubbard, accompanied by Principal Peggy Hester and Counselor Irene Shipman, introduced West Bladen Senior, Melanny Zuniga-Parada, who was selected as Outstanding Cadet recipient of the DAR’s National Defense Committee JROTC Bronze Medal.
The Awards ceremony concluded with the recognition of Chapter DAR Good Citizen honorees Elizabeth Allbright (West Bladen) and Jacob Barber (East Bladen). The prestigious award honors and rewards students who possess outstanding qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their home, schools and communities. Student honorees will be presented certificates at their schools’ end of year awards ceremonies.
Chapter business was conducted following the program and meal. Commemoration of the Vietnam War’s Veterans Day, March 29, and financial support for the following: Brown Marsh Bridge Society’s Children of the American Revolution Chapter, Honor Flight for WWII veterans, preservation of a historic Bladen highway marker were agenda items as were upcoming North Carolina State and Continental Congress conferences in April and June, respectively. Chapter members were encouraged to participate at Harmony Hall Plantation Village’s Heritage Day in May. The May 10 meeting will examine Duplin County’s history as members go on the road to visit sites of interest in the neighboring county.
The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter participates in a host of projects developed by the National Society. Membership eligibility is extended to any woman who is no less than 18 years of age and can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For more information, contact http://www.ncdar.org/BattleofElizabethtown.html.