Morgan Chapter of SUP kicks off 2024
L to R - Chapter member Richard London, with essay contest winners, Isabella Pinnock, Mireille Nelson, and Kyler Smith, alongside English Teacher Gwen Romero.
The Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers started off the new year with the January monthly luncheon. It was again catered, with a wonderful meal provided by Larry’s Spring Chicken Inn. This month, the chapter honored the annual High School Pioneer Heritage Essay contest winners. The three students, who were in attendance along with their parents, were selected from approximately 70 other students. The essays, about a literal pioneer ancestor or someone who has exemplified the pioneer spirit that has influenced them, were evaluated by a panel of judges. First place and awarded $300 was Kyler Smith, son of Aaron and Shauna Smith. Second place was Isabella Pincock, daughter of John and Penny Pincock. She received a $200 check. The third-place essay was written by Mireille Nelson, daughter of Blake and Crystal Nelson, receiving a $100 check. “We congratulate these outstanding students and their efforts to research their heritage and write about ancestors who have had an impact on their lives.” All three finalists read their amazing stories to the group. High school English teacher Gwen Romero, who helps coordinate the contest, shared her appreciation for the Morgan Chapter of the SUP for sponsoring this essay contest and shared how much the students gain from the experience. These stories help the students “shape their understanding of the world and their understanding of themselves.” It gives them identity and helps them learn resilience and what they are capable of doing.
The pioneer minute was this meeting was presented by chapter member Stan Stevens who introduced himself to the members and related the story of his 3rd great-grandfather, Robert Fredrick Aldous an early immigrant to Utah from England. λ