NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Molly Wunderlich, a sixth-grader at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan, received a first-place award April 27 in an American History essay contest presented by the Hannah Benedict Carter Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution.
The essay contest topic this year was to describe a Colonial family’s discussion about the New Stamp Act (1765) and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King George III and Parliament.
Molly’s essay began: “It was a chilly night in the year 1765. The wind blowing up against the windows, trying to break inside the warmth of the fire. Just as I started writing in my journal, my father swung open the door….”
Molly then describes how her father became a member of the Sons of Liberty, protesting the Stamp Act, “no taxation without representation” and that their lives would never be the same.
Molly was one of many students in the New Canaan School District to participate in the American History Essay Contest.
The DAR contests for the 2016-2017 school year are as follows:
- The DAR American History Essay Contest (open to students in grades 5–8) will be: “Celebrating a Century of America's National Parks.” The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916. The National Park Service manages approximately 84.4 million acres of national parks. Pretend you are writing a journal while visiting one of the 58 national parks. Identify its location. Discuss why and when it was established as a national park. What makes this park one of our national treasures?
- DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest (open to students in grades 9–12) will be “Technology's Impact on the Voyage of Christopher Columbus.” Technological advances have greatly changed our world since the voyages of Christopher Columbus. If Christopher Columbus had just some of the technology we have today in 2016, how might this have changed his planning and carrying out of his voyages: What technological advances would have been most beneficial to Christopher Columbus?