By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Winners of the “Once Upon A Nation Future Storytellers Contest” took to the storytelling benches in Old City this weekend.READ MORE: Philadelphia School District's Mask Mandate Goes Back Into Effect On Monday As COVID-19 Cases Rise
Nine-year-old Reagan Gaukler was one of dozens of child storytellers who entered this year’s “Once Upon A Nation Future Storytellers Contest”.
Her mom Monte says they heard about the contest in June while visiting Philadelphia from North Dakota, and in July, Monte says they learned Reagan was one of the 12 winners.
“And we thought oh my gosh what are we going to do and then we thought well, let’s make a fabulous family trip out of it!” says Monte.READ MORE: Longest Married Couple In Pennsylvania Celebrates 80th Wedding Anniversary
Reagan wrote a story about her favorite historical figure.
“It said why Betsy Ross was important to me and why she was important to the nation.” says Reagan.
Monte says Reagan has a keen interest in American history, and her mom says it shows when you walk into this preteen’s room at home.MORE NEWS: Marple Township Police Asking For Public's Help To Find Missing Businessman George Hughes
“She has all the documents on her wall!” says Monte. “She has the constitution on her wall, she has the Emancipation Proclamation on her wall, she has the declaration of independence on her wall next to Taylor Swift and like a dog.”