3 Tigers take home top county D.A.R. essay honors

Pictured left-to-right: Circleville DAR Essay winners for Pickaway County Maddux Bigam, Ava Justice, and Ty Foster. 

Circleville City Schools students Ava Justice (5th grade), Maddux Bigam (6th grade), and Ty Foster (7th grade) have been named Pickaway County essay winners for the Pickaway Plains Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

This year’s national American History Essay Contest was open to all students in grades 5-8. Students in 5th grade were required to submit an essay of 300-600 words in length and students in grades 6th-8th were required to submit an essay 600-1,000 words in length.

This year’s topic put the spotlight on the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage:

“The 19th amendment o the U.S. Constitution was passed by the United States Congress on June 4th, 1919, and was ratified on August 18th, 1920. This amendment granted all American women the right to vote and hold elective office. Many Americans at the time viewed this as a radical change to the U.S. Constitution. Imagine you are living in 1919 while the women’s suffrage campaigns were having an impact on Americans politically and socially. Discuss the pros and cons of this new amendment the U.S. Congress has passed.”

Of the county winning essays, one will be selected to as the Pickaway Plains Chapter winner which will be submitted to move on to the state level for judging.

To read the student’s essays follow through to the links below!

Ava Justice – Pickaway County 5th grade winning essay

Maddux Bigam – Pickaway County 6th grade winning essay

Ty Foster – Pickaway County 7th grade winning essay

Congratulations to these Tigers for using their power of the pen to craft compelling stories, arguments, and highlight the importance of the 19th amendment. These students were recognized on February 19th in a ceremony at the Pickaway County Library where they read their winning essay to members of the public, chapter, school officials, and family members.