February 25, 2020

James Stewart Chapter Announces Essay Contest Winners

JSC American History Essay Chair Judy Miller, American History Essay Winner Milly Criswell, James Stewart Regent Carla Brown

(Franklin, GA) — Every year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution sponsors essay contests for middle and high school students, the American History essay for middle schoolers and the Christopher Columbus essay contest for high school students.

This year the James Stewart Chapter was pleased to have participants in both contests.

The winners were honored at the James Stewart Chapter meeting on February 10, 2018. Each received a framed Certificate, a DAR Excellence in History medal, and $25.00.

The James Stewart Chapter American History Essay Winner is Miss Emily Rebecca “Milly” Criswell. Her winning essay was on “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” She chose to write her essay as a diary and the local judges were very impressed with her essay.

Milly is a 13-year-old seventh grader at Heard County Middle School in Franklin. She is a member of the Heard Middle School Band, Wind Ensemble, and Show Choir.

She is also a member of the Heard County Middle School Academic Team, Journalism Club and serves as President of the school’s Chapter of the FFA. Milly serves as harpist in the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra.

As a member of First Baptist Church on the Square, she is involved with youth choir, hand-bell choir and plays keyboard for weekly student worship services. Milly also loves to cook and design.

JSC Christopher Columbus Essay Chair Judy Miller, Christopher Columbus Essay Winner Libby Criswell, JSC Regent Carla Brown

The James Stewart Chapter winner for the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is Miss Bailey Elizabeth “Libby” Criswell. Her winning essay was on “Advantages and Disadvantages of Working Relationships Between Foreign Parties.” Her essay clearly presented both sides of the relationship between Columbus and the Spanish Monarchs.

Libby is a 16 year old sophomore at LaGrange High School. She is a member of the chorus, newspaper staff, and student council. She serves as Principal cellist in the LaGrange Symphony Youth Orchestra, where she has been a member for 9 years.

As a member of First Baptist Church on the Square, she is involved with youth choir, hand-bell choir, and helps lead weekly student worship services.

Libby was recently accepted for both All State Chorus and All State Orchestra and will be attending both events at the University of Georgia in the next month. Being an avid reader and loving to write, she hopes to pursue a writing career and teach cello lessons after college.

Both chapter winning essays were submitted to the Georgia State Society DAR Central West District for district competition. The James Stewart Chapter is pleased to announce that Libby Criswell’s essay won at the CW District level and is one of six competing for the state winner.

Both girls are the daughters of Anthony and Rebecca Criswell of LaGrange.

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