LAS CRUCES — Three Las Cruces students have won honors for essay writing from the Dona Ana Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in their 2021 American History Essay Contest.
Two of the winners also won state honors.
Sierra Middle School seventh grader Mia Homsi and Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy eighth grader Asa Laws won first place in state honors for their grade levels. The two will read their work aloud at the State DAR conference on April 2 in Albuquerque.
Roma Subedi’s try won first place in Las Cruces for grade level. She is in fifth grade at University Hills Elementary.
The DAR American History Essay Contest was created to encourage young people to think creatively about our country’s great history and learn about history in a new light. It is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools and registered home-study programs. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
Dona Ana DAR, President of the American History Chapter, Bonnie Poloner, coordinated the Las Cruces Essay Contest. Poloner said it’s essential for students to learn about important topics in American history with which they are unfamiliar.
Poloner named three judges for the Las Cruces essay, including retired history professor Kathy Fox, National DAR Historic Preservation Medal winner Sally Kading, and history buff Bill Kinsella.
DAR is an organization with a rich history while being relevant in today’s world. More than one million women have joined the organization since its inception over 125 years ago. They joined to honor their heritage and make a difference in their communities across the country and the world. Learn more about DAR’s history and what members are doing today to continue that legacy locally by visiting the Las Cruces Chapter website at https://donaanadar.com.
The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical voluntary women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children. . Any woman 18 or older—regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity who can prove that she is a direct descendant of an American Revolutionary Patriot—is eligible for membership.
For more information on how to join DAR, contact Carol McIntyre, Dona Ana Chapter Registrar, at [email protected]