Slaughter student’s DAR essay places first in state _lowres

Photo provided by Beth Dawson -- Joshua Bourque, a student at Slaughter Community Charter School, with Principal Linda Saucier. Bourque's winning essay has won first in state and will advance to the South Central contest. He is in Glenis Kent's seventh-grade history class at SCCS.

Slaughter Community Charter School seventh-grader Joshua Bourque was honored in January for the first-place essay he wrote for the American History essay contest sponsored by the Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Bourque’s essay, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island,” was written based on information about the 125th anniversary of Ellis Island being used as an immigration station, according to Beth Dawson, DAR member.

Dawson said Bourque’s essay placed first in the state competition and has been sent to the South Central Regional contest where it will compete against seventh-grade essays from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.

Bourque received a certificate and bronze medal from the DAR chapter for his winning essay. He has been invited to attend DAR’s state convention in Shreveport in March where he will receive the state silver medal, a certificate and $50.

Following the state level competition, student essays will have a chance to compete at the national level.