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DRT essay contest


The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Joshua D. Brown Chapter, is inviting fourth and seventh grade students to enter a Texas history essay contest with a prize of $500 planned for the state-level winners. All area students are eligible, whether home, public or private schooled.
Winners at the local level will receive $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place, according to GayNell Wells, president of the Joshua D. Brown Chapter.
Fourth-grade students have been invited to write an essay titled "The Runaway Scrape," which refers to the refugees who fled Mexico's 19th century dictator and executor of prisoners of war, Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.
Seventh-grade students have been given a topic titled "The Legend of Jim Bowie," a renowned Texan who died defending the Alamo from Santa Anna's forces.
Contest rules are basically the same except length of the essay. The fourth-grade essay must be one and one-half pages in length, and the seventh-grade essay two and one-half pages.
Both essays should be double-spaced, and each grade level requires four references, only two of which may come from Internet sources.
Detailed information is available by accessing the DRT website, www.drtinfo.org (select the Education heading, then Texas History Awards and click Student Essay Contest), or by calling Wells at 830-895-0788 or Nancy McLarry at 830-537-04576.
Contest entries must be received by Monday, Feb. 9, and mailed to McLarry at 38-B Walnut Grove Road, Boerne 78006.