On April 17, the Shrewsbury Municipal Center hosted the Shrewsbury-Towne Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Essay Contest Awards Ceremony.
It was a standing room only as the State and Eastern Region winners were announced. Fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students wrote essays on this year’s title, “Delegate to Second Continental Congress.” The students were asked to imagine they were a delegate during the 1775-1776 Continental Congress, select the colony they represent and what would be important to accomplish for their colony.
Saint Leo the Great School took home the most awards, including fifth grade first place winner Madison McNerny, sixth grade first place winner Olivia Sidoti and seventh grade first place winner Jack Pascucci. Sidoti’s essay also won first place in the US Eastern Division of the NSDAR Essay Contest and moved on to the national finals.
The eighth-grade winner was Evangeline Fennell whose essay will be judged at the national level. Evangeline’s parents shared that she will be entering Trinity Hall next year for her high school education.
There was also the presentation of the chapter’s Teacher of the Year winner which was awarded to Jeanette Speck of Ocean Township Middle School.