Two of Mr. Henry Walker’s history students were national championship winners in the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America essay contest.
Of the three total winners in Virginia, John Scott and Hatcher Cook, both juniors at CHS, each won a week in Washington, DC.
The Colonial Dames of America and The Washington Workshops Foundation worked together to create the essay contest with a week in Washington, DC, as the prize.
About 50 winners across the US won a national championship.
The essay topic was “Why Is History Important? Why should we preserve our national treasures, and how should we, as a nation, continue to preserve our lands and historical buildings?”
Essay submission was Dec. 1, 2019. Only tenth through twelfth graders were allowed to apply. Each essay was limited to 750 words.
The winners will stay in Washington from June 20-26. Guest speakers on the legislative branch and the federal government will speak to the winners. They will also meet US Senators and Representatives. The winners will also visit the National Mall, Mount Vernon, the Pentagon, and the memorials and monuments of Washington.