Proud and wearing their Sunday best, students from around Navarro County were recognized Wednesday by the Daughters of the American Revolution, James Blair Chapter, at Kinsloe House in Corsicana.
This year, the students in grades fifth through eighth were asked to write about forgotten heroes of the American Revolution, and they pulled out all the stops.
They wrote about women’s contributions, about Tim “Sure Shot” Murphy, and Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in battles alongside men, as well as Hercules Mulligan, a spy for the rebels.
Winners in each grade were Patrick Nulisch, fifth grade, Rice Elementary School, the son of Patrick Nulisch; Grant Gray, sixth grade, Mildred ISD, the son of Mike and Gwen McCluney; Brianna Sanchez, seventh grade, Mildred ISD, and the daughter of Daniel and Stacy Sanchez; and Anna Stearman, eighth grade, of James L. Collins Catholic School, the daughter of Patrick and Sherri Stearman.
Brianna Sanchez won the sixth grade award in 2012 before winning again this year in seventh grade.
In a completely different competition, local high schools were asked to nominate student good citizens, who were recognized with some gifts, and certificates for their contributions.
The Good Citizens for 2013 are:
• Nohemi Jimenez, of Corsicana High. Next year she will attend Navarro College, and hopes to transfer to the University of Texas Arlington for mechanical engineering.
• Joshea Frazier, of Frost High, who also intends to attend Navarro to go through the John Deere program there before transferring to Sam Houston to major in agricultural engineering.
• Cristina Loscuito of Kerens High, who will attend Tarleton State to major in agricultural sciences and animal sciences with a focus on genetics; and Camey Metcalfe, of Rice High School, who wants to attend the University of North Texas to major in broadcasting.
• Also named a Good Citizen award winner was Olivia Farmer of Mildred High, but who was unable to attend the ceremony Wednesday.
Each of the winners of the Good Citizen award were offered the opportunity to write an essay about Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility to Preserve It. The winner of the essay contest was Camey Metcalfe, who was presented a $250 scholarship for her efforts.
Metcalfe wrote about issues such as freedom of the press and freedom of speech in relation to modern technology, such as Facebook, and cyber-bullying, and the importance of self-control as a responsibility of people with those kinds of freedoms.
“Patriotism is the spirit to show your meaning of the world, and how you will stand up for what you believe in,” Metcalfe wrote.
Praising the students for their hard work and contributions, Margaret Thomas of the James Blair Chapter of the DAR, said she was proud of the students and all they have to offer.
“Our country’s going to be in good hands,” she said.
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