The Bienville Chapter's "Overall Good Citizen" winner was Haley Sims of White Plains High School. She is the daughter of Brandon and Rhonda Sims.
DAR Good Citizen winners also included the following high school seniors: Tyler Johnson, the Donoho School, son of Bruce and Teresa Johnson; Sydney Parker, Faith Christian School, daughter of Greg and Nicole Parker; Jumoke Sanusi, Sacred Heart Catholic School, daughter of Dr. Adetokunbo Ladipo and Dr. Abayomi Sanusi; Tykeya Swain, Anniston High School, daughter of Linda Swain; Chloe Mobley, Piedmont High School, daughter of Jesse and Candice Mobley; Lillian Hafley, Wellborn High School, daughter of Donna Hafley and the late Chet Hafley; Cody Hopkins, Saks High School, son of Phillip and Kim Hopkins.
The students wrote original essays on "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It," describing how America has advanced the cause of freedom in the rest of the world. They were also selected for their good citizen qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. Their grades, home and community involvement, high school activities, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation were also taken into consideration.
The Bienville Chapter's "Christopher Columbus Essay Contest" winner was Sadie Huie, 10th grade, Faith Christian High School, daughter of Doug and Kelly Huie. The title of this essay was "Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Relationships Between Foreign Parties." Emphasis was on how Christopher Columbus, an Italian, managed to persuade a Spanish monarch to fund his voyage.
The "American History Essay Contest" winners for fifth-eighth grade include: Vivian Smith, fifth-grade, the Donoho School, daughter of Henry and Lucy Smith; Kathryn Ingalsbe, sixth-grade, Anniston Christian Academy (homeschool), daughter of Thomas and Dana Ingalsbe; Diya Sengar, seventh-grade, the Donoho School, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ashvini Sengar; Gracie Sheppard, eighth-grade, The Donoho School, daughter of Mickey and Tammy Sheppard.
The title of their essay was "World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars." As this year, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, the students wrote about their living in 1918, how their lives have been impacted by the war, what lies ahead for their futures as well as the changes that will impact the United States for years to come.
Bienville Chapter had two winners at the DAR state level: Kathryn Ingalsbe, sixth-grade, second-place and Diya Sengar, seventh-grade, third-place. Both essays were on "World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars."
All winners will be honored and will read their essays at the DAR meeting planned for Tuesday, April 3, at 1 p.m. at the Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun. Family and friends are invited to come and support these fine winners.