The winners of the 2015-2016 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) American History and the Christopher Columbus essay contests will be honored at the Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR Chapter House at 55 Prospect Street at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11.

The American History contest is open to all Milford schools, grades 5-8. This year’s topic was  “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.”

March 22, 2015 marks the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act. Passed by the British Parliament in 1765, this new tax required all colonists to pay a tax on every printed piece of paper they used.

The Stamp Act was viewed by the colonists as “taxation without representation.”

Students were asked to describe a Colonial family’s discussion about the new Stamp Act and what role it played in organizing the colonists against the British King and Parliament.

The American History Contest has Chapter Winners from St. Mary and St. Gabriel Schools:

Grade 6

1st Place, Abigail Delaney (St. Mary); 2nd Place, Nolan Piselli (St. Mary); 3rd Place, Julie Vacca (St. Mary), and Honorable mention, Natalie Roney (St. Mary).

Grade 7

1st  Place, Brian Robertson (St. Mary); 2nd Place, Bridget Bennett (St. Gabriel); 3rd Place, Christian Koschwitz (St. Mary), and Honorable mention, Jade Petalcorin (St. Mary).

Grade 8

1st  Place, Gabriel Quinn (St Gabriel); 2nd Place, Luke McDonald (St. Gabriel); 3rd Place, Victoria Sogueco (St. Mary), and Honorable mention, Abigail Paine (St. Mary).

The Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR Chapter also sponsors the Christopher Columbus essay contest, which is for 9th through 12th grade students. The 2015-16 Christopher Columbus essay topic was: “Columbus and Lindbergh: A Journey Across the Atlantic."

Students were asked to discuss the similarities and differences between Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the new world and Charles Lindbergh’s first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Christopher Columbus essay contest winners are from Joseph A Foran High School.

Grade 11

1st Place, Michael Sciuto; 2nd Place, John Lickteig, 3rd Place, Gino Esposito, and Honorable mention, Ashlinn Casey.