Ashley Academy students win DAR essay contest

From left to right, Ashley Academy students Travis Glisson, Deakin Shipley, Larenzo Jeter and Darian Azima all won first place in their respective grade levels in the annual Daughters of the American Revolution essay competition.

Four Ashley Academy students recently won first place in the annual Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR) competition and will be advancing to the state competition.

Fifth-grade student Travis Glisson, sixth-grade student Darian Azima, seventh-grade student Deakin Shipley, and eighth-grade student Larenzo Jeter won first place.  Each student was given a set of guidelines and wrote about the Boston Massacre that occurred on March 5, 1770.

Students were asked to imagine that they were living in Boston and, after witnessing the events of March 5, describe how their family’s discussion about the Boston Massacre and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.

“It is exciting to win first place and advance to the next round,” said Jeter. “Winning the essay in our region brings notoriety to Ashley Academy. Having all of us win demonstrates the kind of student leaders and writers Ashley produces.”

Each winner received a bronze medal from the Ann Robertson chapter of the DAR. If students win at the state competition in Nashville, they will advance to the national round.

“I thought the topic was engaging,” said Shipley. “Some people do not think that history matters, but it does. It is very important for us to understand the past, what our country has gone through, and learn from the past. Learning from the past helps keep us from making the same mistakes.”


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