The Good Wife's River Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has announced the winners of the annual DAR Fifth Grade American History Essay Contest for 2015. This year's title is "A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island." The year 2015 marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island as an immigration station. On a typical day, immigrants arriving on the island could expect to spend up to seven hours in processing activities intended to determine whether they were legally and medically fit to enter the United States. Essay writers were asked to imagine themselves as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892, and to describe their experience to a cousin who had never heard of Ellis Island.

All participants are fifth-grade students in the Darien schools. The first-place winner is William Patrick O'Connor, Royle School; second-place winner is Gouri Krishnan, Ox Ridge School; third-place winner is Preston Yao, Royle School; and honorable mention winners are Ellis Hyde Murphy, Tokeneke School; and Aniket Verma, Hindley School.

An awards ceremony and reception honoring the essay winners will take place on Feb. 2 at the Noroton Presbyterian Church in Darien. The winners will read their essays to principals, teachers, parents, family, friends and DAR members. Winners receive a certificate from the Good Wife's DAR Chapter and Gwynne Campbell of the Sylvan Learning Center will again sponsor the gift certificates from Barrett Book Store. The presentation will be made by DAR member and Essay Contest Chairman Sandi MacPherson.

The first-place essay will be sent on to the Connecticut State DAR Chairperson and will be entered in the Connecticut State essay competition. The judging of the Connecticut State competition will take place this spring, when the Connecticut State winning essay will go on to the National DAR Essay competition in Washington.

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Membership in the DAR is open to any woman age 18 or older who can trace her direct lineage to a patriot who served the cause of American independence during the Revolutionary War. For information and applications, contact Regent Katherine Love or Registrar Karen K. Polett at 203-656-0857.