Briar Essay Winners

Briar Students Take Top Honors In Essay Contests
Posted on 01/20/2021
Seven Briar Middle School students showed off their writing talents by winning a pair of recent essay contests.

Among them, three Briar Middle School 8th graders swept the top three awards in the Salley De Forest Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution inaugural essay writing contest. Richard Cottrill won first place, Payton Werling won second, and Eve Hartley won third.

Richard Cottrill won first place, Payton Werling won second, and Eve Hartley won third.
The students, all in Briar Middle School teacher Mary Darr’s social studies class, were challenged to write a story in which they imagined living in Boston after witnessing the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770. The students were tasked with describing their family’s discussion about the historical event and what role it played in organizing the Colonists against the British King and Parliament.

The essays needed to be between 600 and 1,000 words long and be historically accurate, Mrs. Darr said.

For first place, Richard won a $50 gift card, Payton a $40 gift card, and Eve a $30 gift card, and each was awarded a medal.

Meantime, four Briar students also won the Sandusky Lodge Order of Elks annual essay writing contest. Students submitted essays to the prompt, "How Can Patriotism Be Demonstrated?"

The winners are 6th grader Lilah McKitrick, 7th grader Ella West, and 8th graders Hailey Kubitz and Adrian McKinley. Each won a $50 gift card for writing an essay of less than 300 words.

The winners are 6th grader Lilah McKitrick, 7th grader Ella West, and 8th graders Hailey Kubitz and Adrian McKinley.