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Students Do a Good Job with York Town History

Congratulations to the students who participated in the recent essay contest sponsored by the York Daily Record/Sunday News and the York County Heritage Trust.
It was my pleasure to help judge the entries. All the students who entered, as well as their teachers and parents who encouraged them, are to be commended for taking time to dig into national history with a local twist.
The students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 were to write a letter home as if they were one of the delegates to Continental Congress meeting in York in 1777-78. They could tell about the problems of living in York Town as well as the heavy challenges they faced in molding one nation out of 13 diverse colonies.
Those in grades 3-5 could choose to write a biography of one of the delegates who served here.
See below for links to the winning essays as well as a link to the Library of Congress online transcriptions to the original Letters of Congress.

Click here for the 3-5 grade winner, Megan Martin’s biography of Robert Morris.
Click here for the 6-8 grade winning essay, written by Michael Renga as Samuel Adams.
Click here for Mark Lawson’s winner in the 9-12 grade category, which expresses thoughts shared by many of the delegates.
You can read the letters from the original delegates, as well as the Journals of Congress and other invaluable resources by clicking the link below.
Library of Congress/American Memory
The winners were also recognized by First Capital Federal Credit Union, Colony Papers and First Capital Engineering through cash awards.