The Major James Kerr Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution presented its 2019-2020 American History Essay awards winners and its DAR Good Citizens awards winners at its annual George Washington Celebration meeting last month.
Several Bandera area students were recognized for the essays they wrote as part of those contests.
Makenna Gourley, the daughter of Joel and Tracey Gourley of Bandera and a seventh grader at Notre Dame Catholic School, won the American History Essay contest for that grade level.
That contest is held every year for students in Kerrville area schools in grades 5-8. This year’s topic of the contest was “The Voyage of the Mayflower” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the voyage and the founding of the Plymouth Colony.
All of the winning essayists were from Notre Dame Catholic School and were taught by Ellen Kenalty.
The other winners were fifth grader Noelle Agulto of Kerrville, sixth grader Ella Farrow of Kerrville and eighth grader Jadon Way, also of Kerrville.
Each winning student received a medal, a small replica of the Mayflower and a framed certificate from Lynn Chambers, regent of the Major James Kerr chapter.
High school students took part in the DAR Good Citizens essay contest. Six of the participants were recognized as winners, claiming a check and a framed certificate.
The first-place winner was Corinne Lee Mc-Mullen of Bandera High School, who is the daughter of Davis and Patricia McMullen.
Also recognized as one of the winners was Cielito Nasari Gonzalez of Medina High School, the daughter of Juan Gonzalez.
Other winners were Jasmine Star Lopez of Center Point High School, Eden Jane Lambert of Ingram Tom Moore High School, Caeden Allen Moody of Our Lady of the Hills Regional Catholic High School and Bella Grace King of Tivy High School.
Also at the chapter’s meeting last month, chapter Treasurer and Communications Director Catherine Gauldin of Bandera read a tribute she wrote honoring George Washington as part of the President’s Day celebration.