OGDEN -- Jessie Rabe was surprised when she learned Paul Revere's father changed his name, which was originally Apollos Rivoire.
Angela Hebert didn't know Revere dropped out of school when he was 12 years old.
Both girls are among six winners in this year's American History Essay Contest sponsored by the Golden Spike chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The contest is held each year and awards are presented in February to coincide with President's Day, said chapter member Caryl Sparks.
Participants are asked to write an essay on the given topic. This year they were asked to write their memoirs about the accomplishments of Paul Revere and what they want people to remember about him in the annals of history. First, second and third place winners received a medal and a small stipend.
Jessie, a 7th grader at West Point Junior High School, said she was thrilled to win first place.
"I really was surprised," she said. "My grandma told me about the contest and I thought it would be cool to enter."
Jessie said she went to the library to find information on Revere and then wrote an essay in her own words.
"It was a dark night on April 18, 1775," Rabe wrote, quoting Revere. "I saw the two signal lanterns lit in the North Church Tower and sprang into action. My two friends rowed me across the water to Charlestown. Colonel Conant and other patriots were on the opposite shore awaiting my arrival."
Jessie said Revere then mounted his horse and raced to Lexington while his fellow patriots dispersed on other roads to alert minutemen. She said Revere aroused villagers and farmers the best he could. As he was riding he was almost nabbed by two British soldiers but he quickly disappeared in the darkness before they could capture him.
"We had to write at least 600 words," she said. "I thought it was really interesting."
Angela, an 8th grade student at St. Joseph Elementary School, received a second place award for her essay.
"We were assigned the essay by our teacher," she said. "I did most of my research on the Internet but I also went to the library.
Angela told Revere's life story and the fact that he was a patriot his entire life.
"I had always loved, supported and defended my country," she said, quoting Revere. "I joined a secret club called the Sons of Liberty. The Sons of Liberty was a club where we committed to rebelling against taxes and other forms of British oppression."
The awards ceremony was held at the Weber County Library. Other winners included Tim Schoof and Abie Thomas, first place, Aimee Seale and Isabel Gonzales, third place.
"There was a lot of stuff I learned that I didn't know about him and I don't think a lot of people knew about him. I was really excited to win," said Angela. "I really didn't think I would win at all."