March 1, 2014 10:25:11 PM
Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science senior Mamadou Fadiga, representing the Bernard Romans DAR Chapter in Columbus, was awarded a top honor Feb. 14 in Jackson.
"The Bernard Romans DAR Chapter is happy to announce their entry in the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest won first place in the State of Mississippi DAR contest," said Chapter Regent Alice Lancaster. Lancaster and chapter members Sandra DePriest, Pam Bullock and Eleanor Ellis were on hand at the MSSDAR National Defense Luncheon at the Jackson Hilton when Fadiga was presented the state award. The student's social science instructor at MSMS, Julie Heintz, also attended, as did his mother, Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, and sister, Binita Fadiga.
Fadiga is from Cleveland. MSMS, a residential high school for gifted and academically able 11- and 12-graders, is located in Columbus, on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.
The title of Fadiga's essay is "How Do Americans View Christopher Columbus and George Washington Today?" The Mississippi winning essay will be sent on to the division vice chairman for judging. Those winners will be forwarded to the national vice chairman for the Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Lastly, the winner is forwarded to the National Italian American Foundation for judging. The national winner will be invited to Washington, D.C. in October to read his winning essay at the Christopher Columbus Day Celebration.