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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Frassati Catholic Academy Seventh Grader Achieves Success in DAR Essay Contest

By Sunni Butler

Emma R., Frassati Catholic Academy 7th Grade StudentS. Butler

Emma R., seventh grade student at Frassati Catholic Academy (FCA) in Wauconda, participated in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Essay Contest. This contest encourages young people to think creatively and learn about history.

Students draft essays based on the topic provided. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. Each year Mr. Lesinski, FCA, Social Studies teacher, introduces the topic and has students write essays.

Mr. Lesinski said, “We enter the DAR essay contest every year and have had much success.”

Frassati students take pride in researching the history and writing essays. Mr. Lesinski shared, “I read 92 essays the week before Christmas”, all of which included amazing insights and unique experiences.

Emma drew on her own personal experiences from her visit to Zion National Park in Utah, as a child. She vividly remembered how beautiful it was and she felt connected to the serene atmosphere and scenic views.

Emma researched the history of Zion National Park and enjoyed connecting her experiences as she learned. Her excitement grew as she began to write her essay.

One winning essay from each of the four grades are sent to the state level. The state selects an essay to send to the divisional level. The winning essay will then be judged on the national level.

Emma’s essay won the area chapter competition. She then won the division selection and will progress for national selections in Lombard on March 3rd, 2017.

Sunday, Emma will read her essay aloud at a luncheon. When asked if she was nervous, Emma said, “No, I am excited. I enjoy public speaking! It feels good to have my essay selected and my hard work pay off.”

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