Ridgefield students win history and essay video contest


Two Ridgefield high school students displayed their creativity and won first place in the Fort Vancouver Sons of The American Revolution (SAR) Chapter’s 2024 Knight Essay and Youth Video Contests.

The contests asked high school students to research and produce an essay or video featuring a compelling person from the American Revolution.

Elizabeth Swift, a Ridgefield High School senior, chose native American Nicholas Cusick of the Tuscarora tribe as the subject for her George & Stella Knight Essay Contest entry, according to a press release. Cusick supported the American patriots’ cause during the Revolution. He served with French Marquis de Lafayette as an interpreter and guide, and for his service to the nation, he was granted a pension after the war, according to the release.

Lincoln Swift, a Ridgefield High School sophomore, used video to tell the story of Patrick Carr, an Irish immigrant and leatherworker, who was one of the victims of the Boston Massacre, the release stated. Swift choreographed Carr’s tragic story with the use of stick puppets.

Each student received a $100 award and certificate for their achievement at the local level and will advance to the state level for further competition.

SAR is a federally chartered non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and promoting education to our future generations.

For more information about SAR and the competition, contact Paul Winter at iwalrus9@aol.com or Jeff Lightburn at jclightburn@gmail.com.