BLOOMINGTON – Estelle Ryhal, a senior at Bloomington High School South, is the state winner of the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest.
The contest is open to high school students and Ryhal’s essay, The Founding of a Nation Divided: Thomas Jefferson vs. Alexander Hamilton, was the winner, according to a news release from the Indiana Sons of the American Revolution.
Ryhal received $1,000 and her essay was forwarded to the National Society Sons of the American Revolution for competition with essays offered by other member states.
At the national level, students can win $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third-place awards.
Ryhal will be honored at the Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution House of Delegated meeting on April 17 in Carmel.
Ryhal says she a U.S. history buff and plans to attend Loyola University, where she will major in biochemistry with a pre-medicine track.