CAMBRIDGE —A fifth grader at South Dorchester K-8, Amanda Holotik, recently took first place at the state level of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Annual Americanism Essay Contest, having already won the local and district competitions. Her essay now goes forward to the national contest.
According to American Legion Auxiliary President Melody Danforth, the purpose of the essay contest is to “encourage participants to learn about the fundamental rights and freedoms we enjoy today.” This year’s topic picked by the national ALU president was “How can we address the health and well-being of our veterans, military, and their families?” Shelia Hickman is the chairperson of Dorchester’s Post 91 Americanism Program.
“It is one of our favorite programs,” said Danforth, “and a huge honor [to be selected as one of the award winners].” This year’s contest received participation from 110 elementary students in Dorchester County. The auxiliary presents each chid with a certificate along with monetary awards and a trophy for the winners, said Danforth. There is also an annual awards dinner and ceremony with reading which was canceled this year due to the pandemic.
Other local category winners from Dorchester County Public Schools in competitions run by the Cambridge and Hurlock posts include: 1st place awards: Chloe Carpenter (also 2nd place District, NDMS), Savannah Elzey (also 3rd place District, NDMS), Wyatt Harrington (SDS), Isabella Robinson (SDS), and Ronnie Hughes (SDS); 2nd place awards: Olivia Fischer (SDS), Mace Trippett (NDMS), Matthew Suggs (SDS), Ande Callahan (NDMS), Luke Reinbold (SDS), and Peyton Smith (SDS); 3rd place awards: Dana Sempoalt-Anaya (SDS), Andrew Dawson (SDS), Addison McClain (SDS), and Kylie Tyson (NDMS).