FAIRFIELD — Two Tomlinson Middle School students have been cited for their entries in the annual American history essay contest sponsored by the Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The winning students — eighth-grader Ella Diamond and sixth-grader Evan Papageorge — were honored at a recent reception at the historic old Fairfield Academy on Town Hall Green.

Their essays now advance to the state level of the DAR contest, which was open to students in fifth through eighth grades, and the state winner will be judged in the national finals.

The students read their essays on the theme of this year’s contest, “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.” The 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act, passed by British Parliament in 1765, was marked in March 2015. The tax, which led to colonists’ crusade against “taxation without representation,” required colonists to pay a tax on every printed piece of paper they used.