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Local student receives DAR history award

A 6th grader at Unicoi County Middle School was awarded the American History Award by the Unicoi County chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Brandon Spencer was selected by a panel of three non-local judges among 61 others who participated in the DAR’s American History Award Essay Contest. Judges’ decisions were based upon historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation and neatness.
The assigned essay required participants to write about a historically accurate contribution made by Paul Revere, in honor of the historical legend’s 275th birthday. However, students were challenged to avoid detailing his famous midnight ride. The essay had to be between 600 and 1,000 words.
According to local DAR Regent Beverly Wightman, now that Brandon has won on the local level, he is entered in the statewide wide competition. DAR members are waiting to hear the results of the state competition. If Brandon succeeds on that level, he will move on to the national essay competition.
On April 9, however, Brandon was awarded a certificate, along with a bronze medal and ribbon, for his success at the local level. If he moves on to succeed in the state competition, he will receive a silver medal and state winners certificate. If he wins at the national level, he will receive a gold pen and a monetary reward.
The American History Award is one of many recognition and scholarship programs of the DAR, and Wightman said she hopes those programs will continue to grow locally.
“We are a very community oriented organization,” Wightman said. “There are all kinds of educational, historical preservation and patriotic programs we can choose from.”