American History and Christopher Columbus Essay Contest winners were recognized Feb. 11 at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Tucumcari chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. First place winners along with their parents and teachers were invited to lunch, where the winners read their essays. Winners received their certificates, medals and an American flag.
The American history essay theme was on “The Memoirs of Paul Revere.” Fifth grade winners were Tamelia Lamm, first place and Davey Mardo, second place, both from Tucumcari. Seventh grade winners were Macey Moon, first place, Candice Vineyard, second place and Koby Valentine, third place. Eighth grade winners were Kayleigh Fury, first place, Summer Huizar, second place and Franky Cano, third place, all from House Schools.
Blake Moon, junior at House, wrote the first place essay on “Lessons from Christopher Columbus' Life.” Second place was House Sophomore Jordan Runyan and third place was Sanda Garrett, freshman at Tucumcari High School.
The essay contest is supported by the DAR chapters in the state to promote the study of history and encourage writing among our students. The chapter's first place winners were forwarded on to be judged on the state level. State winners will advance to district and finally to competing on the national level.