Out of the minds of local youngsters come two state-level American History Essay Contest winners, according Sarita McCaw, contest chairwoman for Narcissa Prentiss Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Carolyn Bergman, a Berney School fifth-grader, and Josiah Vyhmeister, a sixth-grader at Rogers Adventist School, won locally and at the state DAR contest for their grade levels. Their essays have been forwarded to the Western Regional contest.
More than 60 local students in fifth through eighth grades wrote stories about “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.”
Lauren Bergman, a Pioneer Middle School eighth-grader, won locally. She and Carolyn are the daughters of Sarah and Benjamin Bergman. They both entered the contest as out-of-school projects.
Josiah is the son of Carmen and Ken Vyhmeister. His teacher is LauraLee Thomas.
Maury Lopez, who attends John Sager Middle School, won the local contest for seventh-graders. He is the son of Ivonne and Maurilio Lopez and a student of Ted Knauft.
The winners read their winning essays to their families and members of Narcissa Prentiss Chapter at a Feb. 21 reception at First Presbyterian Church.
All four essays were forwarded to the state contest.
Last year all five local essays won at state, and three were regional winners.
This year there was a significantly higher number of entries statewide, increasing the competition.