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March 07, 2023

Oak Hill 8th Graders Recognized in the Daughters of the American Revolution Shrewsbury – Monmouth Chapter Essay Contest

NJ Private School DAR Essay Winners

For the second consecutive year, The Daughters of the American Revolution Shrewsbury-Monmouth Chapter (DAR) has awarded Oak Hill Academy students special recognition for their outstanding essays. Eighth grader Eva Fennell’s essay about John Jay was awarded FIRST PLACE and her classmate, David Seetoo, was awarded Honorable Mention for his essay about Roger Sherman.

Our eighth graders competed against a total of 215 other eighth graders in Monmouth County.  Both of our students will be honored at the awards ceremony in April.  Eva’s essay will go on to the next round and advance to the state level (NJDAR) for judging.

This year, our students were tasked with the Second Continental Congress Delegates involved in shaping our country.  Students researched  the list of attendees and their agendas.  Once topics were selected, each student had to develop a way to write in the first person without sounding phony.  Many wrote diary entries or letters home to their families.  All of the students became better patriots as a result.

As part of the Upper School’s English curriculum, students are perfecting their writing skills all year through regional contests, essays, research papers and journals.  All Upper School students became more informed patriots as a result of this essay contest.  Special thanks to the DAR and to the Upper School English teacher, Mrs. Daly, for her dedication to excellence.

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