Students show increase in interest in Americanism contest

Students show increase in interest in Americanism contest Only three will be selected from South Dakota, but the juniors in Vermillion High School show no signs of any depression in their interest to enter that state-wide competition. Winners will attend a four day, all expenses paid, Americanism Youth Conference next March in Valley Forge, PA. This contest is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Last year, Mrs. Edis J. Anderson, as the Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Unit chairman, informed the Vermillion High School staff of the contest. Nine students entered. This year there are 12 students who have entered. Each of their applications is accompanied by a 500 word essay on the subject: â�?�?Standing on the Shoulders â�?�? How American Veterans Have Shaped the World.â�? American Heritage is a Vermillion High School Honors elective. American Literature is a review of Historical Literature. Both courses are among the subjects taught by Mrs. Betsy Simons. The carefully planned program of study for both courses intends for an 11th grade student to capture the essence of the history of America. By doing the required research; by reading and discussing the stories, poems, and essays and by studying the available recorded oral and visual history, students discover the reality that â�?�?History is People.â�?�? That the essence of History beats in â�?�?the Heartâ�? of people. Mrs. Simons says that by mid-October her classes have covered the history of America up to the point of the Civil War. Coincidentally, the American Legion Auxiliaryâ�?�?s Americanism contest rules and applications also become available in October. â�?�?To allow for a two to four week study of veterans in shaping history, at that time, aids those students who choose to write an essay and supports the general purposes of both courses,â�? said Mrs. Simons. Whether or not any of the 12 students are among the three from South Dakota who are chosen to go to the Americanism Youth Conference, the fact that 12 Vermillion High School students wrote thoughtfully on the subject of veterans as they personify the history of America proves them to already be winners. The three state winners will be notified by the National American Legion Auxiliary in January of 2009.

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