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Robin Mims wins DAR essay contest

The Captain John Wilson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the results of this year's Good Citizen Essay Contest.

The overall chapter winner and Good Citizen for this year is Robin Mims, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mims of Dearing and a student at Dearing Elementary School.

Other winners from Dearing Elementary School were Christian Hadden, second place, and D.J. Neal, third place. Christian is the daughter of Charlene Hadden, and D.J. is the son of Pansy Hobbs.

Robin, Christian and D.J. were honored at the February meeting of The Captain John Wilson Chapter, NSDAR, and each was presented a certificate of achievement. Christian and D.J. received gift cards from Walmart, and Robin was presented a $50 U.S. savings bond by Tommy Phelps, retail sales manager and senior vice president of First Citizens Bank. Certificates of appreciation were presented to Karen Land, teacher, and Nancy Lovelady, principal of Dearing Elementary School, for their assistance in making the competition possible.

As part of the program Robin read her essay, "Memories of Paul Revere," to the audience.


I'm Paul Revere. I want to let you know why you should be thankful that I got up at midnight to warn you about our enemy.

You may not remember because you probably weren't even a thought, but on the 18th of April I hopped on my horse. I saw the two lanterns in the windows of the Christ Church in Boston. Because the British men were silently rowing up to Charlestown shore. When I hopped on my horse I realized that the fate of the nation rested on my shoulders. My horse and I galloped into Lexington and over the Medford Town Bridge, and in the silent night I screamed, "The British are coming!!! The British are coming!!! Arm yourselves!!! Hide your wife and children!!!" And with that my fellow people applied my cries of warning. The men armed themselves and put their spouse and kids in barns and fields. If it weren't for me you might not've been born, for your ancestors' ancestors could've been sound asleep when a Redcoat crept into their home and killed them.

There was one down side to my journey, on my way to Concord I was captured by the British Patrol. However I was not the only one on this ride. Two other men joined me. The two men were Dr. Samuel Prescott, and William Dawes. Prescott knew his way around so he escaped by jumping his horse over the stone wall. He successfully galloped on to Concord. Dawes fled back to Lexington on foot. The British kept me for what was several hours. I did not make it to Concord, but I did make it back to Lexington to witness the fight there.

On April 19th, in the morning, in Lexington, about 70 patriots were lined up on the village grass. The first battle of the Revolutionary War began, and the Redcoats had won.

As the British walked back to Boston, they had met up with some people that were woken up by Dawes, Prescott, and myself. The people were walking to go join the fight in Concord. When my fellow patriots saw the British retreating home they attacked. By the time the British were back in Boston, they had lost 200 men.

The Revolutionary War had begun.

By: Robin Leigh Mims

References: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Illustrated by Jeffrey Thompson

Special Christian Hadden (front, from left), Robin Mims and D.J. Neal were honored for their entries in the DAR Good Citizen Essay Contest. Also pictured are: Gladys Rodgers (from left), regent of The Captain John Wilson Chapter NSDAR; Nancy Lovelady, principal of Dearing Elementary School; Karen Land, teacher at Dearing Elementary School; and Tommy Phelps, retail sales manager and senior vice president of First Citizens Bank.

Web posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011

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