At a ceremony preceding the last lecture in the Civil War Lecture Series at GCC last week, the winners of the essay contest were announced to a packed audience. Seven students were recognized for essays on the topic, “What did/does the Civil War mean for American Identity.”
In remarks preceding the awards, GCC professor Derek Maxfield noted the fine quality of all of the entries. In fact, five of the entries garnered first place votes. Students receiving honorable mention included Nicholas Pitcher, Brady Hawkes, Gabe Necoechea, and Jessica Hollister – all four are from North Star Christian Academy in Rochester. Third place went to Matthew Sisto, Second to John Cole – both also from North Star Christian Academy, and first place was awarded to Sarah Lawson. Lawson is a home schooled student from the Batavia area.
GCC Bookstore Manager Christopher Sackett was on hand to make the awards. Sackett and Barnes and Noble generously donated gift cards of $100 for the first place winner, $50 cards for the second and third place winners, as well as water bottles with the GCC logo. In addition to the first three places, four honorable mentions were recognized.
“In short, we thoroughly enjoyed the series. The folks who attended were enthusiastic, well-read, and eager for us to continue offering a lecture series of this kind,” Professor Maxfield said. “Many even asked for copies of the lectures, which we are looking into.”
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