Cambria Grammar School student Patricia Acosta, 10, has been honored for her statewide winning entry in the Native Sons of the Golden West’s fourth-grade essay contest.
Patricia took first place for her essay on naturalist, author and preservationist John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, in whose honor the John Muir Trail is named.
“Even with all the obstacles and people against him, John Muir’s dream came true,” Patricia wrote. “He saved Yosemite. A place for all to enjoy!”
Jean and Richard Hoffmann, representatives of the Native Sons, presented Patricia with a special plaque May 29 at the school.
For more than 19 years, Native Sons of the Golden West has inspired fourth-graders to write historical essays dealing with topics covering California’s colorful past. More than 25 school districts participated, with hundreds of essays submitted.
Patricia’s winning essay, titled “John Muir: The Man Who Made a Difference,” will be displayed for one year at the Native Sons museum at Columbia Historic State Park. In addition, her name will be engraved on a perpetual plaque in the park; she will be awarded a $100 check as a district winner and another $100 as the state winner.
Her teacher, Michael Lant, received a $100 check to be used for class supplies.