For Immediate Release: 09/10/08
Students Win Honors for Efforts to “Preserve The Spirit Of History”
(Washington, D.C.) - The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the hallowed ground of Civil War battlefields, is pleased to announce the winners of two annual contests designed to promote the study of American history and the importance of preservation among students. Both contests were cosponsored by History, formerly The History Channel.
“The passion and talent displayed by these young people is truly impressive,” said CWPT president Jim Lighthizer. “They represent the future generations for whom we are working to preserve these historic places. I am confident they will be careful stewards of that legacy.”
Both contests are open to students across the country. Essays are judged in two categories — middle school and high school; the poster contest includes a third category for elementary school students. Student winners in each category receive a cash prize, while their teachers receive History gift certificates in corresponding amounts. The theme for the 2009 contest is “It’s Our Turn: Fight to Save Civil War Battlefields.” Entries must be received by May 15, 2009. For details on this and other education programs, visit www.civilwar.org.
“I am extremely pleased to recognize these winners,” Lighthizer said. “I sincerely hope they will continue to use their talents to share the beauty of Civil War battlefields and their love of history with others.”
Civil War Essay Contest Winners
High School Division: Shannon Eddy, 10th grade, Scarborough High School, Maine, Teacher – Paul Ledman; Allison Wong, 11th grade, Bronx High School of Science, N.Y., Teacher – Evan Frankl; James Cantagallo, 11th grade, Mundelein High School, Ill., Teacher – Tom Kuhn.
Middle School Division: Jake Rhody, 8th grade, Lime Kiln Middle School, Md., Teacher – Angela Johnson; Jordyn Wege, 8th grade, Waucausta Lutheran Grade School, Wis., Teacher – David Wege; Adam Cassidy, 8th grade, Mount Olive Middle School, N.J., Teacher, Tom DeVoe.
Civil War Poster Contest Winners
High School Division: Kim Dai, 11th grade, Bronx High School of Science, N.Y., Teacher – Evan Frankl; Maneh Sarkisian, 11th grade, Glendale High School, Ca., Teacher – Olivia Macaulay; Hojin Chung, 11th grade, Bronx High School of Science, N.Y., Teacher – Evan Frankl.
Middle School Division: Madeline Cochron, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, teacher – Mary Reeck; Anthony McSears, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, teacher – Mary Reeck; Mark Frederick, 7th grade, Altoona Central Catholic Middle School, teacher – Kimberly Zedack.
Elementary School Division: Eric Vivar, 5th grade, West End Elementary School, teacher – Mrs. D. Smith; Matias Garcia, 5th grade, West End Elementary School, teacher – Mrs. D. Smith; Stephen Oates, 5th grade , Sienna Crossing Elementary School, teacher –Julia Daurity.
With 65,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. CWPT’s website is www.civilwar.org.