Six students from were recognized for their outstanding essays related to the War of 1812 at the Feb. 27 District 39 Board of Education meeting.
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest, and each year the topic changes. This year, on the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, students were invited to submit an essay about a significant person from that war, written from the perspective of a friend or relative.
Essays were selected for the first, second, and third place in both seventh and eighth grade. The two first place essays continue on to the DAR District Essay Competition.
The winners from Wilmette Junior High, along with their essay topics are:
- First place: Anne Pinkerton writing about Andrew Jackson
- Second place: Madeline Hultquist writing about Captain Lawrence of the USS Chesapeake
- Third place: Jason Yang writing about Dolley Madison
- First place: Oona Jung-Beeman writing about Francis Scott Key
- Second place: Haley Wint writing about Captain Isaac Hull and the sea battle between Guerriere and Constitution
- Third place: Claire Nusekabel writing about Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie