This year's theme was "The Lives of Children During the American Revolution. Essayists had to pretend they were youngsters during the fight for freedom. Using historical facts, they had to discuss how the war, dramatically changed the lives of children, affected their lives. Some children followed their fathers into battle; others stayed home and assumed new responsibilities.
All of the participants were fifth-grade students in Darien.
The other winners are Marina Stefanoni, from Hindley School, second place; Lindsay H. Smith, from Ox Ridge School, third place; and Ian Holly, from Tokeneke School, and Anna Clements, from Royle School, honorable mention.
The awards ceremony will take place Monday, Feb. 3, at the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien. The winners are requested to read their essays to the principals, teachers, parents, family, friends and DAR members. Winners receive a certificate from the Good Wife's Chapter and the Sylvan Learning Center will again sponsor the awards from Barrett Bookstore. The presentation will be made by Sandi MacPherson, DAR member and contest coordinator. A reception follows the presentation.
he first-place essay will be sent to the Connecticut State DAR and entered in the state competition, which will take place in the spring.