For Immediate Release: 07/25/12
Students Win Honors in National Contests Promoting the Civil War and Historic Preservation
(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 and a membership to the Civil War Trust. The theme for the 2012 contests was, “Preserving 150 Years of History – 1861-1862, The War Commences.”
“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, all of our participants have demonstrated a love of history that 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 2012 Civil War Essay Contest are:
First Place — Christine Huynh, 7th grade, Brian and Teri Cram Middle School, Las Vegas, Nev., Teacher: Barbara Godby; Second Place — Kristin Spencer, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wisc., Teacher: Mary Reeck; Third Place — Timothy Lotter, 7th grade, Endeavor Charter Academy, Battle Creek, Mich., Teacher: Paul Nelson; Honorable Mention — Grace Langeberg, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wisc., Teacher: Mary Reeck.
First Place — Seth Larson, 8th grade, Renaissance Home School Academy, San Antonio, Texas, Teacher: Jean Larson; Second Place — Joe Stephan, 11th grade, Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, Md., Teacher: Louis Miserendino; Third Place — Tom Bennett, 11th grade, Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, Md., Teacher: Louis Miserendino; Honorable Mention — Bria Schimsa, 12th grade, Pacific High School, Pacific, Mo., Teacher: Nancy Thater.
The winners of the 2012 Civil War Postcard Design Contest are:
First Place — Arden Murphy, 7th grade, Aquinas Middle School, La Crosse, Wisc., Teacher: Mary Reeck; Second Place — Carly Fierstine, 6th grade, Farmwell State Middle School, Ashburn, Va., Teacher: Brian Peters; Third Place — Catherine Applebaum, 5th grade, West End Elementary School, Lynbrook, N.Y., Teacher: Donna Smith; Honorable Mention — Sophie Wong, 6th grade, Farmwell State Middle School, Ashburn, Va., Teacher: Brian Peters.
First Place — Tristan Ellis, 8th grade, Granard Middle School, Gaffney, S. C., Teacher: Mary Price; Second Place — Ri’an Washington, 11th grade, Lohn High School, Lohn, Texas, Teacher: Tedra Ulmer; Third Place — Alyssa Abdelnour, 8th grade, Our Lady of Sorrows, Farmington Hills, Mich., Teacher: Ron Jones; Honorable Mention — Iris Guzman, 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 32,000 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more by visiting www.civilwar.org, the home of the Sesquicentennial.
(To learn more about the Civil War Trust education initiatives, visit www.civilwar.org/education)