Two annual essay opportunities are available to Franklin County students by Virginia’s Old Carolina Road Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The deadline to enter is Monday, Dec. 2. All participants will receive a certificate. Winners will receive a variety of awards locally and advance to state, division and national competitions.

The first topic is “The Voyage of the Mayflower,” for fifth through eighth grade students.

This subject calls attention to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s trip to the new world, landing at Plymouth Colony on Nov. 9, 1620.

Students are asked to imagine that they are preparing for the trip to start a new life in an unknown wilderness, and then to follow up with their thoughts after spending two months on the ship and finally arriving at the colony.

The second essay contest is open to ninth through 12th grade students. This topic is “A Sailor’s Experience as part of Christopher Columbus’ First Expedition to the Americas.”

Students are asked to imagine that they are sailors who accompanied Columbus on the voyage and have now returned to Spain with memories of Columbus, the places and people encountered and the significance of discoveries made on the trip.

The contests are open to students in public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students.

For more information, contact the individual school’s history department or Lois J. Brown, DAR chapter’s American history chair, at 576-1829.

Contest entry forms are also available to Franklin County Historical Society at 460 S. Main St., Rocky Mount.

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