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Darien Kids Write Ellis Island Essays In DAR Contest

The chairman, winners, honorable mentions and chapter regent are pictured here.
The chairman, winners, honorable mentions and chapter regent are pictured here. Photo Credit: Photo credit: Karen Polett

DARIEN, Conn. -- Fifth-grade winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest received their certificates and awards during a reception hosted by Darien’s Good Wife’s River Chapter DAR at the Presbyterian Church’s Horton Parlor on Monday, Feb. 23.

Families, administrators and teachers attended. This year’s essay topic was “A Trip Through Ellis Island.” Children were asked to write a letter to an imaginary cousin explaining their Ellis Island experience as new immigrants to the United States. The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island and, coincidentally, also is the 125th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Pictured left to right are DAR Essay Contest Chairman, Sandra Mac Pherson; Second Place Winner, Gouri Krishnan from Ox Ridge; First Place Winner, William Patrick O’Connor from Royle; Third Place Winner, Preston Yao from Royle; Honorable Mention, Aniket Verma from Hindley; Honorable Mention, Ellis Hyde Murphy from Tokeneke; and Good Wife’s River DAR Chapter Regent, Katherine Love.

All essay contest participants are fifth-grade students in Darien schools. Winners received gift certificates donated by Darien’s Sylvan Learning Center owner Gwynne Campbell. The winning local essay will be entered into the Connecticut State DAR Essay Contest.

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