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Student honored; Darby choir performs at Statehouse ceremony

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Sara Honeck, a student from Hilliard Memorial Middle School, was among 12 students recognized in an essay-writing contest in connection with the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

A 12-member War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission organized the contest.

Honeck was recognized as an honorable mention during an April 4 ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse.

The Ohio General Assembly named the 12-member Bicentennial Commission in 2010 and then-Gov. Ted Strickland authorized the commission, charged with developing recognition programs for a five-year period, from 2010-2015, recognizing the War of 1812.

"Students could write traditional essays or even submit PowerPoint presentations," said Peter Hahn, a history professor at the Ohio State University and a member of the Bicentennial Commission.

Hahn said 319 students entered the contest. Submissions were assigned a random number and judged without knowledge of the student's identity until after judging was completed.

Speaker of the House William Batchelder addressed the students at the recognition ceremony.

The Hilliard Darby High School symphonic choir also performed during the recognition program.

"Knowing the quality of their performances ... I invited (director Mike Martin) to have the Darby choir perform," Hahn said.

The choir performed patriotic numbers, including America the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner, which Francis Scott Key composed while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

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