American History Essay Contest
La Villita Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) sponsored an American History essay contest open to area middle school students in grades 6-8. The subject of this year’s essay was the first transcontinental railroad. Students described how they felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. Students pretended to be a settler planning to use the train to travel to a new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad, in essays of 500-1000 words.
The 7th grade winners in the chapter level contest were:
1st —Kaitlyn Romoser (paper will be submitted to the state level contest)
2nd —Alyssa Dussetschleger
3rd —Clay Brockenbush
The winners received certificates at the local level. They have been invited to attend the DAR meeting on March 4, 2010, in College Station to receive recognition and certificates by the members of the La Villita Chapter.