DAR selects Bartlett youth as WWI essay winner

Ryan Beatty, at left, and his literature teacher, Dianna Robertson, celebrate the success of his history essay on WWI. Courtesy photo.
Ryan Beatty, at left, and his literature teacher, Dianna Robertson, celebrate the success of his history essay on WWI. Courtesy photo.

Ryan Beatty of Bartlett, a seventh-grader at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, advanced to a history essay contest’s state level, based on his submission in a local contest sponsored by the Chickasaw Bluff chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

This year marks the 100th anniversary of when WWI ended, and students in grades 5-8 were invited to write essays based on imagining themselves living in 1918. The essay contest challenged them to write about how the end of the war would affect their daily life, as well as discuss how the changes this war introduced would affect the U.S. in the years to come.

Beatty took first place locally and at the district level with his essay, “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.” The DAR recognized Beatty and his literature teacher, Dianna Robertson, at the organization’s chapter meeting on Jan. 27.