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Clever essayists brought Paul Revere to life for DAR

COAST CITIES — The De Anza Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted its annual award ceremony and Colonial Tea for its American History Essay contest for the 2010-2011 academic year at the Church of the Nativity in Rancho Santa Fe on Feb. 5. The event included fifth- through eighth-grade students who submitted winning essays on Paul Revere’s historic ride.
Fifth-grade winners included, from Mission Estancia Elementary School, Cole Gonzales with first place, Oliver Patrick with second place, Seth Darensburg taking third and Lina Savage with an honorable mention. From Ocean Knoll Elementary School, Sadie Talley also received an honorable mention. The sixth-grade winners were all from St. James Academy, with Spencer Whitney in first, Jack Peterson with second, Kendall Mayo with third place and honorable mentions to Sarah Giorgi and Jack McGuiness.
The first-place seventh-grade winner was Jessica McRoskey from The Nativity School. Second place went to Katarina Cohen of St. James Academy. From The Nativity School, Amanda Ashline took third, with Ethan Janicki and Erin Berg earning honorable mentions.
At the eighth-grade level, Ravi Patel of The Rhoades School won first prize. Vincent Pisano of The Nativity School won second and Brooke Powers from St. James Academy earned third. Honorable mentions went to Alexander “Sasha” Banks of Rancho Santa Fe School and Lia Generales of St. John the Evangelist.
The awards ceremony included music and a color guard provided by the Sons of the American Revolution, San Diego Chapter. The chapter finalists from each grade received a certificate and cash award from the De Anza Chapter, NSDAR. Students from St. John the Evangelist School, St. James Academy, Rancho Santa Fe School, Ocean Knoll, The Nativity School, The Rhodes School and Mission Estancia Elementary School participated.