Civil War Trust
For Immediate Release: 07/08/10

Students Win Honors in Nationwide Essay Contest Promoting Preservation of Historic Sites

(Washington, DC) – 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 its annual essay contest designed to promote the study of American history and the importance of preservation.

The contest was aimed at students from 4th to 12th grade, asking them to write an essay explaining the importance of protecting historic sites from the American Civil War.  The essay contest was cosponsored by History™, formerly The History Channel.

“The enthusiasm and effort put forth by these young people is truly inspiring,” said CWPT president Jim Lighthizer.  “They are the reason we work so hard to preserve our nation’s history.  One day these young people will be the generation responsible for carrying on the legacy.”

Student essays are judged in two divisions based on age.  Winners in each category receive a cash prize, while their teachers receive History™ gift certificates in corresponding amounts.  The theme for the 2010 contest was, “Take Action: Save Civil War Battlefields.”

“I am extremely happy and honored to recognize these winners,” Lighthizer said. “My sincere hope is for them to continue using their talents and knowledge in order to share their love of history and of Civil War with others.”

The winners of the 2010 Civil War Essay Contest are:

Junior Division: First Place — Todd Slunt, 6th grade, Ni River Middle School, Spotslyvania, Va., Teacher: Jeffrey Clowes; Second Place — Elizabeth Eubanks, 5th grade, Springville Elementary School, Springville, Ind., Teacher: Lori Roberts; Third Place — Madeline Slunt, 3rd grade, Wilderness Elementary School, Spotslyvania, Va., Teacher: Tiffany Smith

Senior  Division: First Place — Julian Lutz, 7th grade, Saint Hilary of Poitiers School, Rydal, Pa., Teacher: Kimberly Shammo; Second Place — Madison Maguire, 8th grade, Trinity School, Ellicott City, Md., Teacher: Thomas Lauth; Third Place — Jessica Whitmore, 10th grade, Chambersburg Area High School, Chambersburg, Pa., Teacher: John Ambrosio.

With 55,000 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


(To learn more about the CWPT education initiatives, visit


  • Jim Campi, CWPT, (202) 367-1861 ext. 7205
  • Mary Koik, CWPT,  (202) 367-1861 ext. 7231

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