Lancaster High School senior Mary Frere, winner of the Richard Henry Lee chapter, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) oratory contest, recently addressed the chapter.
Frere attended Governor’s School; runs track and cross-country; and plays alto sax in the LHS Band. She gave her presentation at the December 19 meeting, reported Rebecca Tebbs Nunn.
She spoke about how circumstance and character, or the lack of it, played a part in the Revolutionary War in the actions of Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and Henry Knox, said Nunn. All three were involved in the siege on Fort Ticonderoga and the capture of 60 cannon, which under Knox, were transported over 300 miles of icy roads and snow-covered mountains to Boston to win one of the first battles in America’s War for Independence.
Frere gave insight into the personalities, attributes and drawbacks of each of the three men and their parts in this strategic, logistical action.
After winning a $300 award on the local level, Frere will compete in the state SAR oratory contest in Richmond in February. She will be competing among winners from other SAR chapters in Virginia for a cash prize of $1,000.