Williamsburg Christian Academy Sophomore Franklin West Takes 2nd Place in National Short Story Contest

WCA Sophomore Franklin West was surprised Tuesday, May 1st at the regular meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). West thought he was merely accompanying other members of his art class on a presentation to the group, of which he is a junior member. But upon the completion of his classmates' presentation, West was called up with other Junior American Citizen members, where they were informed that each had accomplished a significant feat: placing nationally in the DAR's Junior American Citizens Creative Expression Contest. West placed 2nd nationally under the Short Story Category.

The theme for the 2017 submissions was 'Our National Parks: 100 Years of Service to America', and West's submission as a 9th grader was "Sojourn on THE CANAL", which chronicled his bicycle tour that year of the extensive Pennsylvania and New York canal system with the Boy Scouts, and how that trip would not have been possible if not for the existence of Virginia's State Park System. His entry earned First Place (9th Grade) on the Williamsburg Chapter Level, State Level, and Regional Level before heading for consideration at the National level from an entry pool of the best submissions in over 3,000 DAR Chapters nationally.

In addition to the presentation of the award, WCA National Art Honor Society President Ashley Nice, and Vice President Jordan Wright were guests of the meeting and presented a video which chronicled the reactions and gratitude expressed by recipients of portraits the NAHS had made of orphans and those who have lost all of their belongings due to the conflict in Ukraine, as part of the Memory Project. WCA Upper School Art Instructor introduced the students and explained the impact and importance of the arts in schools. "Visual and performing arts are a crucial part of growing up, and a crucial part of being alive and vibrant, and giving human beings," Guntharp said. " I always tell the kids, God is our Creator, we are made in His image, therefore we create. And whether we are creating visual arts or creating performing arts, it's all a part of who we are, and what we are to give. It's those arts that tie us together, no matter what part of the world you are in."

The Daughters of the American Revolution nationally has more than 120 years of tradition, over 930,000 members admitted since its founding, a vast array of service work, a historic National Headquarters building with extraordinary collections, and countless activities taking place locally, nationally and globally. The organization was founded in 1890 with the simple mission of promoting historic preservation, education, and patriotism. This nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America's future through better education consists of over 185,000 current members in 3,000 chapters across the world. For information on how to join, visit dar.org.

Williamsburg Christian Academy's mission is to provide college preparatory instruction in a culture of grace through personalized learning in academics, arts, and athletics while building relationships that inspire students to serve their community and become Christ-centered leaders, a mission they have been successfully executing since their founding in 1978. For more information on Williamsburg Christian Academy, visit their website at williamsburgchristian.org

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