Lindale student honored for historical essay

COURTESY CARSON GORDON, (third from left) holds his certificate he earned in the 2013-2014 Colonial Heritage Essay Contest on “Who Was Pocahontas?” Flanking him (from left) are Richard Borden Chapter President Shelley Rardin, Past President Tommie Mouser and National Society Organizing Secretary General Anna Marie Lee.

Eighth-grader Carson Gordon received a scholarship check and certificate for an essay contest about Pocahontas from the Richard Borden Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century, the chapter announced.

Gordon is an eighth-grade gifted and talented student at Lindale Junior High School. He participated in the 2013-2014 Colonial Heritage Essay Contest for Tyler area middle school students. The award ceremony was conducted at Lindale Junior High.

All students in grades 6, 7 and 8 enrolled in public, private and parochial schools, and home-schooled students, were eligible to enter in the contest. The Richard Borden Chapter, CDXVII Century was the first chapter in the nation to sponsor an essay contest for middle school students.

To commemorate the 400th wedding anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, who were married on April 5, 1614, the topic of the contest was, “Who Was Pocahontas?” The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century maintains the grave of Pocahontas in Gravesend, England.


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