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Jey Gregory, a seventh-grader from T. K. Stone Middle School, was the specialguest of the Captain Jacob Van Meter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on March 15 at the Brown-Pusey House in Elizabethtown.
Jey was honored as the chapter winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest. Jey received a certificate, bronze “Excellence in American History” medal and a gift certificate from Barnes and Noble. His essay will advance to state competition.
Jey read his essay entitled “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported America’s Struggle for Independence.” He told the story of James Armistead, an African-American patriot who served as a spy for the Continental Army. Armistead infiltrated the troops of British General Charles Cornwallis portraying a runaway slave. He was able to send information to General George Washington about enemy equipment, military personnel and future strategies. Information in these reports helped Americans win the battle at Yorktown prompting British surrender.
Toni Perry, T. K. Stone Middle School teacher, received honorable mention certificates for seventh-graders Spencer Andrew Jury and Courtney Jo Brangers; and eighth-graders Colby B. Key and William Dyekman for their essays.