The Richard Borden Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century, has announced the winner of the 2015-2016 Colonial Heritage Essay Contest for Tyler area middle school students. Liz McLeod, an eighth grade student at Whitehouse Junior High School was presented a scholarship check and certificate at the Awards Ceremony held at Whitehouse Junior High School. Liz is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave McLeod. The topic of the contest was, "Explain the History of Colonial Money 1601-1701." All students in grades six, seven and eight enrolled in public, private and parochial schools and homeschooled students were eligible to enter the contest. The Richard Borden Chapter Colonial Dames XVII Century was the first chapter in the nation to sponsor an essay contest for middle school students.
Membership in the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century is open to women 18 years of age, and better, of good moral character, who can prove direct lineage to an ancestor who resided in one of the original 13 colonies between 1601-1701.