Students win DAR Haleakala Chapter history essay contests

Students were encouraged to participate in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History essay contests in the fall of 2018.

The local NSDAR Haleakala Chapter promotes the annual contest in public, private, home school and charter schools.

The 5th-through-8th-grade essay topic was “Women’s Suffrage/Right to Vote.”

“Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus used versus Ships of Today” was the topic for senior high students.

St. Anthony School senior Alana Robell won first place for Haleakala Chapter and Hawaii State for her Christopher Columbus essay. She won $100 from each entity, a silver DAR medal and a “Her Words” poster.

Her essay now progresses to the regional level of NSDAR, where she competes with other first-place state winners from the southwest region of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

St. Anthony School students Hunter Otani and Evan Essner placed second and third, respectively.

Anita Dunn, a senior high school history/government teacher at St. Anthony School, has encouraged her students to participate in this fall essay contest for the past three years.

Lokelani Intermediate School students Erinrose Salacup, 7th grade, and Casey Thomas, 8th grade, researched with Alisha Allen, program director/senior youth specialist at Kihei Youth Center, using women suffrage books provided by Haleakala Chapter and Maui Bookmobile.

Their essays won first place, as well, in both Chapter and Hawaii State.

Salacup’s essay, “When Hawaii Gave the Right for Women To Vote,” and Thomas’ essay, “The Woman’s Suffrage Campaign,” proceed to regional competition, as well.

They each won $50, a bronze DAR medal and posters of “Her Words.”

Essay award assemblies were at St. Anthony School and Kihei Youth Center.