The Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently announced the first-place winners who participated in the Junior American Citizens contest.

The Junior American Citizens program teaches students the principles of democratic government and promotes good citizenship and appreciation of American heritage and history, according to DAR.

The JAC contests are offered in art, creative expression and community service for first- through 12th-graders.

The Alexander Stirling Chapter, which represents East and West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee parishes, invited students to create entries based on the theme “Focusing on the Future.”

Students submitted essays, poems, banners, posters and stamp designs.

First-place winners are from East Feliciana Parish and represent four schools and one church youth group. Each winning student received a certificate of recognition, membership to the JAC program, a membership pin and a $2 bill, which was awarded to each child personally by Dawson.

“We are delighted at the number of East Feliciana youths who had first place-winning entries,” Dawson said.

Entries were judged by non-DAR members in December, and the winners were sent to the state competition Jan. 23.

“We’re hoping to receive the results from the state competition any day now,” Dawson said.

State winners advance to the South Central Regional round of competition followed by the national round.

First-place winners are:

12TH GRADE: Makayla Barton, poster, East Feliciana High School

SEVENTH GRADE: Madison Graham, stamp design; Kassie Lea, poem; Naomi Mack, poster; Jerilynn Savoy, short story; Trinity Sonnier, photographic essay; Sam Boitnott, Joseph Cart, Tab Hebert and Kenleigh Langlois, banner, Slaughter Community Charter School; and Lakeira Williams, stamp, East Feliciana Middle School.

SIXTH GRADE: Ka’nyjiah Williams, poem, East Feliciana Middle; and Matthew Sartin, poster, representing Jackson United Methodist Church.

THIRD GRADE: JoAnna Cornette, stamp, Silliman Institute.

SECOND GRADE: Kashayla Dunn, poster, Jackson Elementary.