Fifty-four students participated in the American history essay contest sponsored by the local Dodge City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, affiliated with the National Society of the DAR.


    Fifty-four students participated in the American history essay contest sponsored by the local Dodge City Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, affiliated with the National Society of the DAR. The students were from Sacred Heart Cathedral School, Dodge City, reports Patty Owens, American history essay contest chairperson.
    The essay topic selected by the National Society of the DAR for2009-2010 was the First Transcontinental Railroad: Describe how you felt on May 10, 1869, when the golden spike was driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to celebrate the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Pretend you are either a settler planning to use the train to travel to your new home in the West, an Irish or Chinese worker who helped build the line, or a Native American whose way of life was greatly affected by the railroad. The essays were judged on the following bases: historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization, interest, spelling, grammar, punctuation, neatness and bibliography. The essay winning first place in each grade level was forwarded to the state competition.
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