Stoddert student wins state American History essay award

Stoddert student wins state American History essay award

Evangeline Gilmer, a sixth grader at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School, was recently named a state-level winner in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) American History Essay Contest. The contest was open to students in grades five through eight and featured the theme of, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” to highlight the upcoming 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. In their essays, students were tasked with referencing sources about Ellis Island processing procedures, and to describe a fictional experience traveling through Ellis Island.

As a state winner, Gilmer receives $200 and will be recognized at the Maryland State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution Annual State Conference on March 21. Additionally, Gilmer now advances to a divisional level of competition, of which those winners are eligible to compete at the national level for a monetary award.

Earlier this school year, Gilmer earned a first-place award in the local essay contest. For her first-place local award, she will be recognized in April at an awards ceremony at the Maryland Veterans Memorial Museum in Glasva. The local contest was coordinated by the Port Tobacco Chapter of the organization and more than 61 Charles County Public Schools students entered the local American History Essay contest.

The Port Tobacco Chapter also coordinates the National Junior American Citizens Contest for students in grades prekindergarten though 12. This contest promotes good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history. During her time as an elementary-school student, Gilmer also received several recognitions for her submissions entered in the Junior American Citizens Contest.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through education. For more information about contests available through the NSDAR, visit

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.

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