Holly Sudol, a 7th grade student at Holy Rosary School in Edmonds, wrote the winning essay in a statewide American History Essay competition hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Holly was honored at a ceremony held by the local Peter Puget chapter of the DAR in Edmonds, receiving a certificate of award, ribbon, and a $25 cash prize. At the ceremony, Holly was also informed that her essay was named the winning essay for all of Washington state. She will be honored at the statewide meeting of the DAR in Bellevue in May.
“When my teacher, Mrs. Rojas, said I won, I was thrilled!” Holly said. “I was totally surprised and overjoyed at the same time! It was great. Then at the luncheon when they told me I won state, everyone was giving hugs and it was amazing.”
The subject of this year’s essay is “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution”. Holly wrote an essay on the children’s life in the American Revolution. Her essay was judged on originality, historical accuracy, and the conventions of writing.
“During the process of writing my essay I was intrigued by the daily life of a teenage girl in the American Revolutionary War, and I was also interested in the battles,” says Holly. “Some parts were hard to write because I had never experienced such hardships and despair as those in the war, but overall I learned a lot from it. I’m so glad my class and I participated in this essay contest.”
Holly is now entered in the divisional portion, and if she wins that, her essay will be sent to the National committee.
The DAR, founded in 1890, and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political, volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.