Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2014

High School Division

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First Prize

Mahir Rafi Riaz, The Collegiate School, New York, New York
"An End to the Era of Compromise: Amending the Constitution in Civil War America"

Second Prize

Hannah Teller, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Bridgewater, New Jersey
"Snakes Lurking in the Grass: Lincoln and the Copperheads in the Civil War"

Third Prize

Maggie Foster, North Oldham High School, Goshen, Kentucky
"Self-Reliance: The Role of Anti-Industrial Individualism in Abolitionism"

Middle School Division

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First Prize

Madeleine Yancy, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill, Durham, North Carolina
"The Roles of Lincoln: Father, Husband and President?"

Second Prize

Yeats McDonald, Grace Christian School, Blacklick, Ohio
"Man’s Best Friend Goes to War"

Third Prize

Adianna Jackson, US Grant School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
"African Americans and Their Battle"

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Chelsea Brown, Roanoke Rapids High School, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
"The Civil War as Income"

August Burton, Summit Academy Junior High, Draper, Utah
"The Myth of Southern Solidarity"

Chase Fortier, Harwood Union High School, Moretown, Vermont
"The Civil War: A Transformation of the Federal Government"

Cianna Jackson, Patchogue Medford High School, Medford, New York
"Civil War: Emancipation Proclamation"

Maria Javier, The Notre Dame School, New York, New York
"The Man for the Occasion: Jonathan Letterman"

Charlotte Merrick, High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Bronx, New York
"Civil War Soldiers and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"

Kalila Eve Morsink, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC
"Shoot Your Way to Freedom"

Cameron Kelly Swab, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
"Civil Wartime Compassion and Its Influence on Societal Views and Treatment of Mental Illness"

Anny Zhou, Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
"The Union’s Secret Weapon: Immigrants"