Student essay contest winners recognized

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ROME — The Fort Stanwix Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution recently held an awards ceremony to recognize the winners of its American History Essay Contest and its Flag Essay Contest.

The winning students were invited to read their essays on the topics of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or What the Flag Means to Me to the gathering of parents, teachers, friends and DAR representatives. 

The event took place at the First Presbyterian Church, 108 W. Court St., on Saturday, April 30. The winners included:

American History Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

First place — Krislyn LaGasse, Grade 6, John D. George Elementary School (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School District) and Edie Arthur, Grade 5, Stokes Elementary School (Rome City School District).

Flag Essay Awards What the Flag Means to Me

First place — Zoey Vollmer, Grade 5, Westmoreland Upper Elementary School (Westmoreland Central School District);

Second place — Amineh Shehadeh, Grade 6, John E. Joy Elementary School (Rome);

Third place — Bruce Banner Barnes, Grade 5, Westmoreland Upper Elementary School (Westmoreland);

Honorable mention — Eli Correa, Grade 6, Louis V. Denti Elementary School (Rome); Miles Misiaszek, Grade 5, Westmoreland Upper Elementary School (Westmoreland); Eliza Taylor, Grade 5, John D. George Elementary School (VVS); and Kali Zydzik, Grade 5 John D. George Elementary School (VVS).

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