The Fort Stanwix Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, have announced the winners of its recent essay contest, What the Flag of the United States Means to Me.
Kaden Rotsell, a student in Diana Congden’s class at John D. George School in Verona, first prize;
Jakob Lansing, a student in Stephen Lewha’s class at Denti Elementary School, second prize;
Kylie Young, a student in Sandra Williams’ class at Westmoreland Upper Elementary School, third prize; and
Nathan Langston, of Rome City School District, and Charles Sullivan, of the Vernon-
Verona-Sherrill School District, honorable mention prizes.
The Fort Stanwix Chapter received 138 essays from fifth- and sixth-grade students in the Rome, Westmoreland, Oriskany and VVS districts.
“Having such a large number of entries was a huge challenge in deciding a winner. So many of the essays were outstanding,” the DAR announcement said, adding “it is a testament to the level of patriotism that our young people are demonstrating.”
A formal reading of essays will take place on Saturday, May 1, at the First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., for Fort Stanwix Chapter members, families of winners, teachers and additional guests.