McKenna Korda wins DAR essay contest

Susan EspirituWest Knox County

McKenna Korda, a senior high school student at Concord Christian School in Knoxville, won first place in the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution 2023 American History Essay contest.

McKenna won the statewide high school competition, Patriots of the American Revolution, with an essay about Alexander Hamilton, titled “Defending Hamilton’s Legacy.”

McKenna says, “This award means so much and has boosted my writing confidence! I honestly entered the competition not expecting a thing out of it!”

McKenna is planning to pursue a master’s in chemical engineering with a biomolecular focus at TN Tech next year. She is also planning to be in the Tech marching and concert bands as well.

On Friday, May 31, 2024, Korda will be honored with a medal, certificate and monetary award at the TSDAR Youth Awards program held on Statehood Day at the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville.

Samuel Frazier Chapter DAR, established in the Bearden area in 1951, was the sponsor for Korda’s entry. Daughters of the American Revolution has three primary missions, to support education, preserve history and promote patriotism. Info: Daughters of the American Revolution (, the local chapter at Samuel Frazier Chapter, or contact chapter Regent Anne Haston at

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