Mabank students receive essay award
Posted by : March 9, 2013| On :
SEVEN POINTS–The Sarah Maples Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual George Washington Tea Feb. 20 and presented Mabank Intermediate sixth grader Ashley Tupper and fifth grader Drew Oberg with the essay award.
This year’s essay topic was “Forgotten patriots who supported the American struggle for independence.”
Students focused on unrecognized people, or groups, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics and others who provided military, patriotic and public service to the support of the American Revolution.
They explained why it is important to honor the unsung heroes and often forgotten patriots.
Oberg’s essay focused on African Americans, especially Peter Salam in the Battle of Bunker Hill, who fought with many other freed slaves. He is known for killing British Marine Major Picain with his last shot.
Oberg also wrote about Crispus Attucks, who was the first to be shot to death in the Boston Massacre.
Oberg was not able to attend the tea, so sixth grade teacher Kim Jackson accepted the award on his behalf.
Tupper’s essay focused on Native Americans of the Oneida Tribe, who in 1777, brought blankets to George Washington at Valley Forge for those suffering in the cold and snow.
Her essay will be forwarded to the state for a chance to win on a state level.
Both Tupper and Oberg were awarded a framed certificate with a poster on the back, a copy of the American’s Creed, a card with the Pledge of Allegiance on it, a special medal for American History from the National Society of DAR, a flag booklet and an American flag.
All students who participated in the essay contest received a certificate.