The winners of the 2014-2015 DAR American History and the Christopher Columbus essay contests will be honored at the Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR Chapter House at 55 Prospect Street in Milford at 7 p.m. on Feb. 12.

The American History contest is open to fifth through eighth grades at all Milford schools. This year’s topic was “A Child's Journey Through Ellis Island.”

The following students were named winners in the contest.

Grade 5       

  1st Place, Makalei Bliss, Calf Pen Meadow

  2nd Place, Emelia Russell, Calf Pen Meadow

  3rd Place, Madison Lusignan, St. Gabriel

  Honorable Mention, Brandon Greene, St. Gabriel

Grade 6      

  1st Place, Celia Usher, St. Gabriel

  2nd Place, Jacob Fleischer, St. Gabriel

  3rd Place, Madilyn Lula, St. Gabriel

  Hon Mention, Sebastian Holt, St. Mary

7th Grade        

  1st Place, Griffin Congdon, St. Gabriel

  2nd Place, Cate DeProfio, St. Mary

  3rd Place, Victoria Sogueco, St. Mary

  Honorable Mention, Erin Albright, St. Mary

8th Grade        

  1st Place, Clare Bassano, St. Mary

  2nd Place, Claire Lagarde, St. Mary

  3rd Place, Julianna Dente, St. Mary

  Honorable Mention, Spencer Mehan, St. Gabriel

The local  Freelove Baldwin Stow DAR Chapter also sponsors the Christopher Columbus essay contest, which is for ninth through twelfth grade students. The 2014-15 Christopher Columbus essay topic was “Joining Christopher Columbus on His Voyage to the New World.”

Joseph A. Foran students Robert McGinnis and Lyric McVoy both received honorable mention for their participation.