The Alexander Stirling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced the student winners in the Junior American Citizens contest.

The JAC contest, with an annual theme designed to promote good citizenship and history, offers opportunities for recognition of youth from East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes.

Entries in art and creative expression are judged by age and category, and award certificates are given at the chapter, state and division levels, with monetary awards bestowed at the national level.

This year’s theme was “Celebrating America.” Nine entries from East Feliciana won first place and will advance to the state level. Students finishing in first place at the state level will advance to the South Central regional competition and ultimately the national competition if they continue to win first place, DAR’s Beth Dawson said.

First-place winners from East Feliciana Parish include:

NINTH-GRADERS: Banner, Delaney Ard and Madelyn Pope, of Slaughter Community Charter School, and Sharai Cage, of East Feliciana High School; stamp design, Samantha Partin; and short story, Emma Hall; both of Slaughter Community Charter.

Ard also won first place for a poster she designed.

SECOND-GRADERS: Banner, Jaylen Johnson; poster, Makaylee Johnson; stamp design, Desmond Green; and short story, Makhi Stewart; all of Jackson Elementary School.

PREKINDERGARTNERS: Banner, Isaac Berrones, Genesis Cortez, Gavyn Cunningham, Josiah Davis, Trey Gipson, Eri’onna Goss, Brian Harris, Hunter Hensley, Jamyria Jackson, Samuel Johnson, Aiden Matthew, Reina Orellana, Samira Pursley, Bryson Smith, Jacob Smith, Kelsey Soileau, Lesley Thomas, Antonia Wilkinson and Mariah Wilkinson, all from Krystal Alford’s and Mary Trigg’s classrooms at Jackson Elementary.

“Though the judges picked only one first-place banner winner in the ninth grade, they were captivated by a banner titled, ‘Celebrate America by Recycling’ designed by Raven Davis, Dejour Hall, Leahlin Scott and Kaitlyn Whitfield, of Slaughter Community Charter,” Dawson said.

The banner also earned praise from the Keep East Feliciana Beautiful committee.

The students were awarded KEFB T-shirts, pins and trash bags for their cars.