Daughters of the AmericanThe Emily Geiger Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced winners of its American History essay contest.

Carter Lawson, a sixth-grader at Bluffton Middle School, and Cross Schools students Luna Rangel, fifth grade, Isaiah ‘Sonny’ Hicks, seventh grade, and Kaylie Thorsen, eighth grade, were recognized at the chapter’s monthly meeting in February. 

The students received an award certificate, bronze medal and $50 check from Emily Geiger Chapter regent Peggy Parker and American History chairwoman Judy Fiebelkorn. 

“We are thrilled to continue to support the educational and ethical efforts of our local students, schools and Lowcountry community,” Parker said. 

Hicks is also the state winner for South Carolina. 

Fifth-grade essays are required to be 300-600 words and sixth through eighth grade essays were 600-1,000 words. 

Nationwide DAR chapters are encouraged to conduct the American History essay contests for fifth through eighth grades.

This year’s national essay title for all participating grades was “The Voyage of the Mayflower” marking the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. Students were to imagine being a passenger on the Mayflower and describe what they would have packed, knowing what materials were available in 1620. The Emily Geiger Chapter received almost 250 essays from local schools this year. Every student received a participation certificate.

The Emily Geiger Chapter, which has nearly 150 members in Bluffton, the Lowcountry and South Carolina, supports literacy, historic preservation, and patriotism through local service.