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Student Wins Regional History Contest

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For some, studying American History can be a real treat. The North Dakota Daughters of the American Revolution challenged young historians to write an essay about being a child during the American Revolution. Fifth-grader Adam Rose took on the challenge, and won title at both the state and regional level.

Adam's essay is being judged at the national level. Both Adam and his family say they're hoping for the best, given his imaginative approach to the contest, they say he's got a fair shot.

Kristy Rose is both a mom and a home school teacher to Adam. As his teacher, she wanted him to experience a little piece of history by participating in the North Dakota Daughters of the American Revolution American History Essay Contest, which she did in fifth-grade.

Adam says he thought it would take him months to write the essay, but he tried hard.

"A lot of time. I like pushing my limits," says Adam.

And it actually only took him a week. But it wasn't easy.

"There were a lot of tears, mine and his, because we bumped heads and, you know, he didn't like the editing process. It was hard work. It stretched him. But it was worth it," says Rose.

It did pay off, of all the entries Adam won first in the DAR local chapter. Then he took the title for the state, and then his essay beat out entries from seven other states for the North Central Division.

Nancy Legerski "I thought he was a very impressive little boy, and he did a wonder wonderful essay," says Nancy Legerski of the DAR North Dakota State Regent.

Adam admits that he didn't expect to go past chapter level. He won certificates, a medal and a flag.

"Honestly, the coolest is the flag, it flew over the U.S. Capitol in my honor," says Adam.

"The important thing is to not put yourself in a box. To go ahead and stretch, because we don't know how far we can reach unless we stretched," says Rose.

The Rose Family and North Dakota DAR say they're hopeful that he'll win the national title.

Adam's mom says the family motto is "Go big or go home."
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