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Wakefield’s essay wins third in nation

National WinnerBonnie Wakefield’s essay, “The Magna Carta, From King John to King’s Mountain” was named the third place national winner in the 2014 Knight Essay Contest sponsored by the National Society Sons of the American Revolution at the NSSAR’s 2014 Annual Congress held in Greeneville, S.C.

At a recent luncheon, Bonnie was presented a $500 scholarship and a certificate of merit by Dr. Darryl Addington and Claude T. Hardison, Jr., president-elect and president, respectively, of the Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution.

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally established in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, who won a local SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. The students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution.

To commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this year’s contestants were also allowed to choose a topic that relates to the Magna Carta and its influence on the Revolution or one or more of the Founding Fathers.

Bonnie is the daughter of Colin and Nan Wakefield and is a senior at Fayetteville High School.