Four students named winners of Virginia Colonial History Contest

From left to right, winners are: First Place, Krista Carlton, Second Place, Laken Tignor, Third Place, tie, Ella Hodges and Saylor Gray. Back Row: Patricia Haile, Anita Harrower, and Susan Godman Rager.

AYLETT – Each year, Mrs. Denise Wyatt's 4th graders at Aylett Country Day School learn about Jamestown in their study of Virginia history. They also learn the rudiments of research and how to write their first research paper.

The students were able to combine this knowledge while competing in the Evelyn Noel Godman Colonial History Essay Contest.

After studying the history of Jamestown, each student selected a topic that he or she was interested in that was related to the first permanent English settlement in the New World. After researching that topic, each made notecards with a source, wrote a first draft, revised and edited that draft, and finally handwrote an expository essay complete with a cover sheet and source page.

These final copies were entered into the contest, sponsored by the Lettice Lee Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames 17th Century.

After the entries were turned in, they were read and evaluated by independent judges for such factors as research, content, knowledge, neatness, etc.

On Monday, December 9th, Susan Godman Rager, Patricia Haile, and Anita Harrower, all from the Colonial Dames, came to Aylett Country Day to present the winners with the awards.

Winners are: First Place, Krista Carlton ("Pocahontas--A Powhatan Peacemaker"), Second Place, Laken Tignor ("Forts at Jamestown"), Third Place, tie, Ella Hodges ("Women at Jamestown") and Saylor Gray ("Clothing at Jamestown"). All participants received a certificate, while winning entries earned a monetary award from the chapter as well.

Congratulations to all the winners!