Three GCC Students Honored for Entries in Statewide Garfinkel Essay Contest

Three Genesee Community College students were recently honored for their entries in the statewide Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York's Annual Garfinkel Essay Contest. GCC student, Kevin Volk of Batavia, was awarded second place for his essay, “A Brief Examination of the Difficulties in Finding Justice for the Victims of the Triangle Factory Fire, 1911.

Three Genesee Community College students were recently honored for their entries in the statewide Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York's Annual Garfinkel Essay Contest. GCC student, Kevin Volk of Batavia, was awarded second place for his essay, “A Brief Examination of the Difficulties in Finding Justice for the Victims of the Triangle Factory Fire, 1911.”

Volks’ essay points out the importance the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire had in New York State, and how this tragedy began the wheels of change to protect factory employees and improve working conditions. His award-winning essay can be found on the following Historical Society of the Courts website: http://www.courts.state.ny.us/history/essay/2011/essay11.htm

The two other Genesee students who received honorable mentions for their work are: Phyllis Washburn of LeRoy, NY and Elisha Zarpentine of Holley, NY.

Genesee students have been honored through this contest before, specifically Leah Marie Reino won first prize last year and Phyllis Washburn was one of four finalists. Honorable mentions from Genesee last year included Kristen Casper and Genevieve Oliveira.

According to the Historical Society of the Courts website, the corporation was chartered to preserve the legal history of New York State and foster understanding and public appreciation of court history.

All 2011 winners of the Garfinkel Essay contest are listed below:

  • 1st Prize: Amelia Weimar, Onondaga Community College
  • 2nd Prize: Kevin Volk, Genesee Community College
  • 3rd Prize: James Gerber, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Honorable Mentions: James Clark, Onondaga Community College; Phyllis Washburn, Genesee Community College; Alysha Barker, Fulton-Montgomery Community College; Lana Medina, Hudson Valley Community College; Tammi Douglas, Jefferson Community College; John Wilkinson, Queensborough Community College; Maykel Farronay, Borough of Manhattan Community College; Elisha Zarpentine, Genesee Community College; Terrhon Vaughn, Queensborough Community College.

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