Civil War Essay Contest Winners 2017

High School Division

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First Prize

Kaylee Kimbrough, Pennsylvania Homeschoolers AP Online, Kitanning, Pennsylvania (based in Greenville, Texas)
“‘I Shall Deal at the Other Shop’: Confederate Cotton, British Neutrality, and Egyptian Opportunity”

Second Prize

Tyler Yandrofski, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
“A Necessary Abuse: The Causes and Effects of Lincoln’s Suspensions of Habeas Corpus”

Third Prize

Madeleine Yancy, C. E. Jordan High School, Durham, North Carolina
“The Idolization of Colonel Robert G. Shaw”

Middle School Division

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First Prize

Katherine Li, Williams Middle School, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
“How the Civil War Changed America’s Money System”

Second Prize

Aly Yamamoto, Carl G. Renfroe Middle School, Decatur, Georgia
“Children of the American Civil War”

Third Prize

Julia Anitescu, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Chicago, Illinois
“Civil War: Not Just a Man’s Fight”

Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order)

Tobias Berggruen, St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn, New York
“‘An Agency for Good’: Faith and Fanfare in Brooklyn’s Civil War”

Spencer Hinsman, Catholic Memorial School, West Roxbury, Massachusetts
“An Inconvenient Truth: The Paradox of the Black Confederate Soldier”

Sofia Jones, Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts
“A Difference of Opinion: The Abolitionism of William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass”

Eric Kang, Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
“The Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Maryland”

Adam L. Kenet, Collegiate School, New York, New York
“Birth of a Symbol”

Elizabeth LoFrese, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
“Faithful Heroes: Animals of the Civil War”

Greta White, Rocky Mountain High School, Fort Collins, Colorado
“Poetry and Painting during the Civil War”