The Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, recently announced the winner of its annual middle school essay contest. Public and private school students wrote a 300- to 500-word essay on “The Significance of the Battle of Saratoga to the American Revolution.” All entrants received a certificate of participation, their returned essay and a letter of thanks naming the five winners: Katie Hoffstrasser, St. Thomas More Academy, and Reuben Puthamana, Walkersville Middle School, tied for first place; Megan Hummel, New Market Middle School, second prize; Isabel Chen, Urbana Middle, third; Elizabeth Fernandez, St. Thomas More, fourth; and Thushan Ranainghe, Urbana Middle, fifth.

A representative from the Sgt. Lawrence Everhart Chapter presented a certificate to each of the six awardees along with an award check, before total student grade-level audiences, identifying the essay topic as well as the nature and mission of the Sons of the American Revolution. Dr. John George has coordinated this essay contest since 1989.

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