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Essay winners announced at Alexander McNair meeting

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Alexander McNair Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) met at the First United Methodist Church in Monett on Feb. 18.

Vice-Regent Bonnie Yetter welcomed everyone to the meeting and led the group in the recitation of the DAR ritual, the Pledge of Allegiance, the American's Creed, the Pledge to the State of Missouri and the preamble to the constitution of the United States. Sondra Faulkner read the NSDAR President General's message.

Kim Howerton, American history chair, introduced the essay winners in the American history essay contest. Winners were from Berean Christian Academy. The students were presented with certificates and monetary gifts. The topic for the essay was the War of 1812. The students were asked to pretend they were a friend of someone connected to the war and write a story about the friendship.

Abigail Hoenshell, fifth grade winner, wrote about her friend, Frances Scott Key. In the story, Hoenshell was with her friend on a British ship watching the battle at Fort McHenry. For most of the night they could not see the flag over the fort. When they finally saw the flag still waving, Key was inspired to write the "Star Spangled Banner."

Ashtyn McCleary, sixth grade winner, wrote her story as a friend of Dolly Madison. She told of the attack on the White House by the British. Madison told McCleary to leave for her own safety. Madison stayed in the White House long enough to save a famous portrait of George Washington and other important artifacts and papers.

Noah Cullers, seventh grade winner, wrote his story as the son of Frances Scott Key, who was trying to secure the release of some prisoners. Instead, Key and Cullers were taken captive on a British ship. Key was inspired to write the "Star Spangled Banner" as he saw the flag with 15 stars and stripes flying over Fort McHenry.

Yetter presented the National Defense Report entitled "Our National Defense Depends Upon Our Troops" by Eleanor Bowman, of the Msukingum Chapter, Ohio, which was a third place winner as best editorial. Bowman advocated for a strong defense and the need to spend enough money to ensure protection.

Yetter led the business meeting, and Dorothea Cox. DAR Good Citizens chair, announced that Kandance Morman, of Exeter, and Macayla Coleman, of Cassville, had submitted winning Good Citizens essays.

Refreshments were served by the hostesses, Judy Harvey and Mary Cowherd.

Those attending were: Mary Cowherd, Dorothea Cox, Judy Harvey, Kim Howerton, Carol Jereczek, Betty Meier, Hope Morris, Marjorie Ryder, Virginia Schmidt, Barbara Ward and Bonnie Yetter. Guests attending were: Michelle and Noah Cullers, Abigail and Debbie Hoenshell, Lars Kirkland, Ashtyn, Brian, Curtis and Kenna McCleary, Carol and Ken Presson and Emily Swan.

The next meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 at Grant's Restaurant in Monett. Those interested in membership in the NSDAR are invited to attend.

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