2021 Essay Contest for GDRHS Seniors

Winners Announced!

Presentation to the winners of the 2021 Essay Contest by:

– Louis DiMola, Chair, Old Groton Meeting House Preservation Fund
– Maria McCaffrey, Community Relations, Workers Credit Union

Prize Winners:

1st Place – $1500:
– Juliana Grant, pdf: “The Matriarch of Groton” – audio:

2nd Place – $1000:
– Declan Lowney, pdf: “The Significance of the Old Groton Meeting House
3rd Place – $500:
– Regan Flynn, pdf: “A Symbol of Our Community

See Juliana Grant’s Prize Winning essay in the June 3rd edition of the Groton Herald. And, come see Juliana ring the Meeting House bell on July 4th!

1st Place - Juliana Grant
1st Place – Juliana Grant
2nd Place - Declan Lowney
2nd Place – Declan Lowney
3rd Place - Regan Flynn
3rd Place – Regan Flynn

Topic: What is the significance of the iconic Old Groton Meeting House to the identity of our town and why does this building deserve preservation for future generations?

Eligibility: Seniors at GDRHS and Senior level homeschoolers

Deadline: Submit your essay by April 19, 2021

Prizes: Winners will be announced on May 27, 2021, at Senior Awards Night

  • $1500 – First Prize
    • Ring the Meeting House bell on July 4th, 2021!
    • Winning essay will be published in the Groton Herald!
  • $1000 – Second Prize
  • $500 – Third Prize


Essays evaluated by points awarded, up to 100:

  • Strong Thesis Statement: position on topic is clearly stated – 20 points
  • Evidence and Argumentsbuilds case logically and clearly, holds reader’s attention – 30 points
  • Conclusion: summarize thesis/position and its importance – 15 points
  • Creativity: original ideas, shows imagination and strong voice – 20 points
  • Writing Mechanics: proofread for grammar, sentence structure, spelling and punctuation – 15 points


  • Deborah E. Johnson- Groton Herald Editor
  • Jason Kauppi- Town Moderator
  • Lynne Bover- Social Studies Department Chair, Acton Boxborough Junior High School (Retired)

Resources, located at: https://www.dropbox.com/s/stddgq41vyflb1h/Meetinghouse%20Essay%20Contest%20Resources.zip?dl=0

  • Timeline of the Meeting House (4 PDF files) by Michael Roberts
  • History of the Meeting House by David Gordon and Laura Moore
  • Essay about the Meeting House by Michael Roberts
  • Document about important people associated with the Meeting House
  • Document about Courts held in the Meeting House, late 18th Century
  • Script for the “Declaring Independence” performance at the Meeting House – TBA
  • Script for the “Patriot’s Path” performance at the Meeting House – 2019

Additional Resources:

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Good Luck!