Thornton wins first place in DAR Essay Contest


Mrs. Patricia Gruenewald (left), representing the David Craig Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, presented certificates and awards to the three winners of the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Winning first place was Walker Thornton and honorable mention (left) Mary Claiborne Sharpe and (right) Emily Wright. Also pictured are HHS history teacher John Thomas and HHS Vice Principal Michelle Tillman.

The David Craig Chapter, NSDAR, sponsors the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest annually in observance of American History Month. Mrs. Patricia Gruenewald of the local DAR, recently presented the Haywood High School winners their awards.

The topic of the essay was “Describe Christopher Columbus as he was understood in three different time periods: What did 15th century people think about his accomplishments? How did 19th century historians view him? How did Columbus, who had primitive ships and no computers or modern navigation equipment, affect our lives today?”

Thomas Walker Thornton won first place and received a certificate and $25 cash award. Winning honorable mention for their essays were Emily Wright and Mary Claiborne Sharpe. Each received a certificate and a $10 cash award.

Participants are students in the American History classes at Haywood High School taught by Mr. John Thomas. Mrs. Dorothy Bond is the HHS Principal.