Pearson winner of DAR essay contest

The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, awarded Kamryn Elizabeth Pearson of Oak Hill Academy as the winner of the annual Good Citizenship essay contest sponsored by the DAR
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DONNA SUMMERALL
Staff Writer

The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, awarded Kamryn Elizabeth Pearson of Oak Hill Academy as the winner of the annual Good Citizenship essay contest sponsored by the DAR.

"This is my favorite program of the whole year," said Jane Caston of the DAR. "Seniors are chosen from each school not only by the faculty, but by a student vote as well to choose the student to participate."

All three of the high schools in West Point and Clay County are included. This year, the students chosen to participate were Kamryn Elizabeth Pearson of Oak Hill Academy, Shelbie Brown of Hebron Christian School and Seth Edwards of West Point High School. Due to scheduling conflicts the representative from West Point High School and Hebron Christian School were unable to attend.

"They are not told what the subject of the essay is," Caston said. "They have no time for preparation or research. It's just off the top of their head. I'm always blown away by what these students say about their country."

Caston said after the students finish the essay, they are taken to three independent judges who are not affiliated with the DAR.

"They don't see the author of the essay," Caston said. "They simply read what is written and judge the essays on their own merits. It's the only fair way to do the judging."

Peason said the subject for the essay was "Our American Heritage; and Our Responsibility for Preserving It."

Caston said as winner of the local DAR Good Citizenship Essay Contest, Pearson's essay will be submitted to the state DAR essay contest. If it is chosen there, it will be submitted to the National DAR essay contest.

"We have high hopes this year to see Pearson's essay win at the state level,” Caston said. "She did a remarkable job in such a short time and we are very proud to have her essay represent the Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the NSDAR in Mississippi."

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