DVES Students Take Top Honors in DAR Contest

Creative arts contest commemorated the 100th anniversary of WWI

Several Desert Vista Elementary School students were recently recognized for winning local, state and national awards in the Junior American Citizens creative arts contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

The students, who attend Gina Fraher’s second-grade class at DVES, designed posters, wrote essays and did other work intended to allow students to express their patriotism through the visual and written arts. This year, the theme of the contest was the “100th Anniversary of World War I – Service on the Homefront.”

Vylet Smith was the local first place winner for posters, Madeline Dennison took first place for poster design at the state level, and Eva Self, Camden Thomas and Liberty Osback earned first in state for banner design.

Janet Lanphear’s short story went all the way to national competition, where it was awarded first place. Blake Johnson’s stamp design also went to nationals, where it pulled down a second place win.

The students in Mrs. Fraher’s Second Grade class studied United States involvement in World War 1 and then used their knowledge to create posters, stamp designs, banners and short stories.

Students have participated in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Junior American Citizens program since 1901.

Photo above: L-R: Camden Thomas, Blake Johnson, Eva Self, Liberty Osback, Janet Lanphear and Madeline Dennison with teacher Gina Fraher. Not in Photo: Vylet Smith

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