Marie Ewing, of Miami East High School, recently was awarded the Dorothy Walker Beach Memorial Scholarship during an awards tea held by the Piqua-Lewis Boyer Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Marie was unable to attend. Mrs. Beach was a past Regent who bequeathed money for a scholarship to a senior of a Miami County high school.
In addition to the scholarship presentation, the chapter held the event to honor students from Miami and Shelby counties who participated in the American History and Christopher Columbus Essay Contest, and to give out Good Citizens awards.
The American History Essay Contest was "Celebrating a Century: America's National Parks." The topic was "The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916. The National Park Service manages approximately 84.4 million acres of national parks. Pretend you are writing a journal while visiting one of the 58 national parks. Identify its location. Discuss why and when it was established as a national park. What makes this park one of our national treasures?" American History contest winners were Holy Angels school 5th grader Madison O'Leary, Holy Angels School 7th grader Meghan Chamberlin and Milton-Union Middle School 8th grader Tyler Foster. The Christopher Columbus Essay Contest held in conjunction with the National Italian American Foundation. The title was "Technology's Impact on the Voyage of Christopher Columbus." The topic is "Technological advances have greatly changed our world since the voyages of Christopher Columbus. If Christopher Columbus had just some of the technology we have today in 2016, how might this have changed his planning and carrying out of his voyage. What technological advances would have been most beneficial to Christopher Columbus?" The Christopher Columbus Essay contest winner was Jessica A. Miller of Tippecanoe High School, who also was the winner of the state and southwest region contests.
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree. The participants of the DAR Good Citizens were James Curlis, Savanna Schaurer, Katherine Edwards, Ross Geuy and Riko Waymire. The winners: tie for 2nd - Savanna Schaurer and James Curlis; 1st - Maddison Fortman. 1st received traveling trophy and all received a monetary award.