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Winners of Jamestown essay contest earn awards at Aylett

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Front, from left, essay contest winners were, first place, Krista Carlton (“Pocahontas—A Powhatan Peacemaker”); second place, Laken Tignor (“Forts at Jamestown”); third place tie, Ella Hodges (“Women at Jamestown”) and Saylor Gray (“Clothing at Jamestown”). In the back row are Patricia Haile, Anita Harrower and Susan Godman Rager, all from the Lettice Lee Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century.

Each year Denise Wyatt’s 4th-graders at Aylett Country Day School at Millers Tavern learn about Jamestown in their study of Virginia history. They also learn the rudiments of research and how to write their first research paper.

The students were able to combine this knowledge while competing in the Evelyn Noel Godman Colonial History Essay Contest. After studying the history of Jamestown, each student selected a topic that he or she was interested in that was related to the first permanent English settlement in the New World. After researching that topic, each made notecards with a source, wrote a first draft, revised and edited that draft, and finally hand wrote an expository essay complete with a cover sheet and source page.

These final copies were entered into the contest, sponsored by the Lettice Lee Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century.

After the entries were turned in, they were read and evaluated by independent judges for such factors as research, content, knowledge, neatness, etc.

On December 9, Susan Godman Rager, Patricia Haile and Anita Harrower, all from the Colonial Dames, came to Aylett Country Day School to present the winners with the awards.

All participants received a certificate, while winning entries earned a monetary award from the chapter as well. 

posted 01.15.2014

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