DAR has again tapped future heroes and heroines for Rutherford County's youngest generation.
The Griffith Rutherford Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution announced the School and Chapter winners of the Junior American Citizens Contest for 2020-2021.
The theme for this year's contest was "The 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower- Rise and Shine for New Opportunities in a New Land". Students from third through eighth grades in public, charter, private and homeschooled situations were invited to enter.
The students in grades third through fifth could choose to compete in such contest areas as designing a stamp, drawing a poster, writing original poetry, writing a short story, producing a banner, submitting a photo essay, or conducting and writing about a community service project that was completed by November 2020.
Those students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades could compete in similar areas. The annual contest began in October and ended in early November, with the national part of this contest ending in April of 2021.
This year the JAC contest received 278 entries completed by 277 students from elementary and middle school situations. The judges evaluated same type entries at the local school level. Those first-place winners were judged against their peers from other schools.
Recently the Griffith Rutherford Chapter sent, for statewide judging, 15 entries which were completed by 15 students. Again, the chapter submitted excellent entries, which included entries in four of seven categories. Those entries winning first place at the statewide JAC judging level will continue on for judging at the Southeast Division Level. If they win first place there, the entries will go on to National JAC judging in Washington.
DAR member Janet D. Jolly said, "We are very proud of all the students who submitted their wonderful entries to us for this year's judging. This year's theme was wonderful, but our schools had a very short period of time to learn about the voyage of the Mayflower with the pilgrims that came to the New World in 1620. We are thankful to all those teachers who taught about the importance of those colonists who signed the Mayflower Compact, a document which to this day makes up a portion of our rule of law known often as majority rules."
Here are the results of the local judging and further down county-wide judging results. First-place winners at the chapter level of judging were sent on to the state judging for 2020-2021.
The results of the school judging at Forest City-Dunbar include:
4th Grade- Stamp Design 1st Kiersten Lovingood, 2nd Reddik Young, 3rd Peyton Bickford, Honorable Mention Randy Ratliff, Maya Hernandez, Derek Gutierrez, Zaiden Woods, Amya Wesley, Jesus Hernandez, and Paola Chino Rodriguez; and 5th Grade- Stamp Design 1st Mayriani Chico-Mendoza, 2nd Braelin Johnson, 3rd Ellie Greenly, and Honorable Mention Nella Makupson, Wyatt McMahan, Joshua Monjarrez, Alvaro Terres Sevilla and Daniela Maya Aleman.
Results of the judging at Lake Lure Classical Academy include 3rd Grade- Stamp Design 1st Nathan Young, 2nd Raylan Conner, 3rd Columbus Webb, and Honorable Mention Alina Nelon, Josiah Childes, Sabrina Tobar, Carson Everett and Molly Adams; 4th Grade- Stamp Design 1st Ashlynn Saltouros, 2nd Carter White, 3rd Delaney Cullin, and Honorable Mention Bella Key, Natalie Smith, Laney Boswell, Samantha Tillotson, Colby Calhoun, and Logan Frazier in 5th Grade- Stamp Design 1st Riley Laurita, 2nd Lydia Skipton, 3rd Kinley Zachrich, and Honorable Mention Francesca Cunto, Ledger Aley, Rachael Rich, River Muhlenkamp, Nevaeh Killman and Cameron Grinnell; 5th Grade- Short Story 1st Rhett Beaumont, and 2nd Fillian White; 6th Grade- Poster 1st Isabella Gierum,
2nd Abigail Ferguson, 3rd Cecil Padgett, and Honorable Mention Lily Reel; 8th Grade- Poster 1st Joseph Pitts, 2nd Zachary Sargent, and 3rd Jayda Luckadoo.
Results for judging at Mt. Vernon-Ruth include 4th Grade- Poster 1st Kailynn Causby, Honorable Mention Alaina Hutchins; 5th Grade-Poem 1st Talley Crew Jackson, 2nd Jack Abrams, 3rd Abbygale Austin, and Honorable Mention Teagan Bigelow, Jeremy Horne and Miles Dalton.
Results at Sunshine include 3rd Grade- Stamp Design 1st Kloe Toney, 2nd Walker Lattimore, 3rd Gracie Gurr, and Honorable Mention Payton Smith, Melanie Allen, Annsley Bumgarner, William Hutchins, Blakeley Whitaker, and Ali Tavernia; in 4th Grade- Stamp Design 1st Autumn Oettinger, 2nd Jax Lovelace, 3rd Anna White, and Honorable Mention Jonathan Hunt, Darren Hallman, Kimberly Swink, Finn Eaker, Natalie Waters, Lucas Curry, Lynda Simmons; in 4th Grade- Short Story 1st Matthew Owens; in 5th Grade- Stamp Design
1st Ava Blankenship, 2nd Emma Kuykendall, 3rd Cade Hunnicutt, and Honorable Mention Zen O'Shall, Abigail Colon, Gage Mullinax, Caleb Atchley, Emily Benton.
Results at Trinity Christian School include 6th Grade- Short Story 1st Kaisley Hooper, 2nd Adalyn Whiteside, 3rd Eli McEntyre, and Honorable Mention Ellie Camp; in 6th Grade- Poem 1st Lilli Parton, in 7th Grade- Short Story 1st Daphine Neira, 2nd Ciara Haynes, 3rd Mattie Ellenburg and Honorable Mention Jade Hodge; 8th Grade- Short Story 1st Sailor Patterson, Kayla Terhardt, 2nd Savvy Finucan, 3rd Sully Edwards and Honorable Mention Jia Wilkerson, and Mark Waddell; 8th Grade- Poem 1st Hannah Sanders, 2nd Sawyer Bray and 3rd Maggie Tuong.
Here are all first-place county winners who were recently judged at the state level. Those first-place winners have been sent on for further judging at the Southeast Division made up of seven Southern states.
Stamp design winners are 1st Kloe Toney - Sunshine, 2nd Nathan Young - Lake Lure Classical Academy, 3rd Raylan Conner - LLCA, Honorable Mention Gracie Gurr and Walker Lattimore - Sunshine Elementary, Josiah Childes and Columbus Webb - LLCA; 4th Grade - 1st Kiersten Lovingood -Forest City-Dunbar Elementary RCS, 2nd Ashlynn Saltouros - LLCA, 3rd Autumn Oettinger - Sunshine, Honorable Mention - Reddik Young - Forest City-Dunbar, Carter White - LLCA, Jax Lovelace - Sunshine; 5th Grade - 1st Riley Laurita - LLCA, 2nd Mayriani Chino-Mendoza - Forest City-Dunbar, 3rd Ava Blankenship - Sunshine, Honorable Mention - Braelin Johnson - Forest City-Dunbar, Lydia Skipton - LLCA, Emma Kuykendall - Sunshine.
Results of the poster category of the JAC Contest at the chapter level includes the following students: 4th Grade - 1st Kailynn Causby- Mount Vernon-Ruth; 6th Grade - 1st Isabella Gierum, 2nd Abigail Ferguson, 3rd - Cecil Padgett, and honorable mention Lily Reel - all at LLCA, 8th Grade - 1st Joseph Pitts, 2nd Zachary Sargent, 3rd Jayda Luckadoo all at LLCA.
The results of the poem category of the JAC Contest at the chapter level includes the following students: 5th grade - 1st Talley Crew Jackson, 2nd Jack Abrams, 3rd Abbygale Austin, and honorable mention - Teagan Bigelow all at Mount Vernon - Ruth Elementary RCS; 6th Grade - 1st Lilli Parton - Trinity Christian School, and 8th Grade - 1st Hannah Sanders, 2nd Sawyer Bray, 3rd Maggie Tuong - all at Trinity Christian School.
The results of the short story category at the Chapter Level include the following students: 4th Grade - 1st Matthew Owens - Sunshine; 5th grade - 1st Rhett Beaumont, 2nd Fillian White - LLCA; 6th grade - 1st Kaisley Hooper, 2nd Adalyn Whiteside, 3rd Eli McEntyre and Honorable Mention - Ellie Camp - all at Trinity Christian School; 7th grade - 1st Daphine Neira, 2nd Ciara Haynes, 3rd Mattie Ellenburg and honorable mention Jade Hodge all at Trinity Christian School; 8th grade - 1st Sailor Patterson, Kayla Terhardt, 2nd Savvy Finucan, 3rd Sully Edwards, and honorable mention Mark Waddell all at Trinity Christian School.