Winners in this year's Declaration Scholarships provided by the Texas County Republican Party stand with county GOP chairman Bob Green. From left, Erica Cooperman, Madison Dixon, Madison Peterson, Liz Harris and Kyleigh Peterson. 

The Texas County Republican Party has announced winners of this year’s Declaration Scholarships essay competition.

Awards were for best essays on “What the Declaration of Independence says about the role of government and what that means for me.” The competition includes students in all county districts.

In the high school age category, Madison Peterson of Cabool took the first-place prize of a $500 scholarship, while Houston’s Liz Harris was second ($250), Erica Cooperman, third ($125) and Madison Dixon, fourth ($100).

Kyleigh Peterson of Cabool earned a $150 scholarship for the best middle school essay.

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