For Immediate Release: 06/17/11
Students Win Honors in National Contests Promoting the Civil War and Historic Preservation
Annual competition is co-sponsored by History®
(Washington, DC) – The Civil War Trust, 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 and postcard design contests aimed at promoting the study of American history and the importance of preservation.
The contest, cosponsored by History®, asked students from 4th to 12th grades to write an essay explaining the importance of protecting historic sites from the American Civil War or design a postcard to visually convey the sentiment.
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s historians and preservationists,” said Civil War Trust president James Lighthizer. “Looking at the passion in all the submissions we received, I know that the legacy of our Civil War heroes will be well-defended for generations to come.”
Student essays and postcard designs are judged in two age-specific divisions. Winners in each category receive a cash prize, while their teachers receive History® gift certificates in corresponding amounts. The theme for the 2011 contests was, “Preserving 150 Years of History: Secession and the War’s Beginnings.”
“History® is proud to join with the Civil War Trust in recognizing these students for their outstanding Civil War history projects,” said Dr. Libby O'Connell, Chief Historian and SVP of Corporate Outreach for History®. “Through their creative and careful work, they have demonstrated a love of history which I am confident will lead them to many more achievements in the future.”
“Congratulations to this years honorees,” Lighthizer said. “I hope this recognition will only encourage them to continue learning and sharing about Civil War history for many years to come.”
The winners of the 2011 Civil War Essay Contest are:
Junior Division: First Place — Cara Phillips, 8th grade, Waipahu Intermediate School, Waipahu, Hawaii, Teacher: Jacqueline C. Wanner; Second Place — Dillon Jones, 8th grade, Our Lady of Sorrows School, Farmington, Mich., Teacher: Ronald Jones; Third Place — Kellan Doberstein, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wis., Teacher: Mary Reeck; Honorable Mention — Grace von Ruden, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wis., Teacher: Mary Reeck.
Senior Division: First Place — Tyler Kotesky, 12th grade, The Harker School, San Jose, Calif., Teacher: Nicholas Manjoine; Second Place — Jessica Riemesch, 11th grade, Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools, Waynesfield, Ohio, Teacher: Joe Foster; Third Place — Jaclyn Horn, 12th grade, Waynesfield-Goshen Local Schools, Waynesfield, Ohio, Teacher: Joe Foster; Honorable Mention — Robert Schwarzhaupt, 11th grade, Mundelein High School, Mundelein, Ill, Teacher: Thomas Kuhn.
The winners of the 2011 Civil War Postcard Design Contest are:
Junior Division: First Place — Michelle Jacobs, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wis., Teacher: Mary Reeck; Second Place — Toniann Maniaci, 5th grade, West End Elementary School, Lynbrook, N.Y., Teacher: Donna Smith; Third Place — Lindsay Ostroff, 5th grade, West End Elementary School Lynbrook, N.Y., Teacher: Donna Smith; Honorable Mention — Kennedy Malone, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wis., Teacher: Mary Reeck.
Senior Division: First Place — Irving Mendoza, 10th grade, Cherokee High School, Canton, Ga., Teacher: Robin Roper; Second Place — Emely Martinez, 8th grade, St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, N.Y., Teacher: Lawrence Weber; Third Place — Wade Kearns, 8th grade, East Forsyth Middle School, Kernersville, N.C., Teacher: Karen Thompson; Honorable Mention — Lordes Rodrigez, 8th grade, St. John Chrysostom, Bronx, N.Y., Teacher: Lawrence Weber.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s remaining Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds through education and heritage tourism. Since 1987, the organization has helped save more than 30,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more by visiting www.civilwar.org, the home of the Sesquicentennial.
(To learn more about Trust education initiatives, visit www.civilwar.org/education)