A Cherokee County School District student has earned first place in Georgia in a statewide essay contest.

Free Home Elementary School fifth-grader Katie Rickert is her grade level’s winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Essay Contest.

Her essay, which is from the perspective of an American woman in the days after women earned the right to vote, first won at the Northwest Georgia District level before advancing to the statewide contest. She and her family will be honored at the organization’s School Youth Luncheon later this month.

She also will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and superintendent at a school board meeting later this spring.

“We are proud of her, and appreciate the teachers who take the time and effort to encourage participation in this contest,” said Pam Dover, vice regent of the organization’s Hightower Trail Chapter. “We believe that fostering a love for American history is one of the important things we do as members of the Daughters of the American Revolution.”

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