Ye Towne of Bath Chapter NSDAR announces that Caelyn Bartley, their chapter winner of the Patriots of the American Revolution Essay Contest was selected as the female contest winner for the West Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution. The essay contest is open to all students in grades 9-12 enrolled in a public, private, or parochial school or en- rolled in home school. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or nation. To be chosen as the chapter winner, Bartley had to select a figure from the era of the American Revolution (1773-1783) and in an essay discuss how he or she influenced the course of the American Revolution, who he or she was and his/her contribution to the founding of a new nation. The person she selected could be any person, whether a well-known figure or an everyday man, woman, or child who supported the American Revolution in ways large or small. All essays received by the chapter have at least two readings and ratings by members to determine the potential chapter winner.
The potential essays are then given to a non-DAR member to select the chapter’s winner. Each chapter in the state may submit one entry, whether by a male or a female.
At the state level, essays by one male and one female in grades nine-12 will be selected. The state winners are then invited to attend the state conference. This year’ s in- person conference, the 118th State Conference and the first since COVID, was held at Canaan V alley Resort and State Park, and Bartley and her parents, Sean and Cindy Bartley, attended the
“Blooming About Our Schools & Communities” A wards Luncheon held May 6 where she was recognized for her accomplishment. Caelyn Bartley received a certificate, a state winner’ s pin, and a check.
Ye Towne of Bath chapter appreciates the support of teachers Meghan Smith-Pow- ell and Ben Kase of Berkeley Springs High School for this project.