On Mar. 24, the 186th Birthday of Matilda Joslyn Gage, students from six Central New York Schools were honored for their entries to the Gage Essay contests for 2011-12.
Thirty-five students participated in three levels of competition. They were asked to learn something about Gage’s work and to apply it to their lives or to current event issues. Gage was a remarkable local 19th C. woman who dedicated her life to Abolition, Women’s Rights, Native Aerican sovereignty, Separation of Church and State, and the Utopian Vision of Oz. These 5 themes are illustrated in the museum recently opened in her former home at 210 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville.
Entries were from East Syracuse-Minoa (ESM), Jamesville-Dewitt (JD), Fayetteville-Manlius and Nottingham High Schools, Wellwood Middle School and Brewerton Elementary. There were also international essays from as far away as Macedonia and a national entry from Connecticut.
All participants and their parents were invited to a tour of the Gage Center by a costumed Matilda enacted by Pam Poulin, an Awards Ceremony and the celebration of Gage’s birthday with cake and song.
Hristina Nikolovska from Macedonia won the Gage International Essay Award while Teachers Don Little and Sean Martin, along with Nottingham High School student essayists, won an award “in recognition of their outstanding work in spreading a greater appreciation of Matilda Joslyn Gage and her relevance to our society today”. Nottingham was a new school to the contest and had the most essay entries.
By clicking on each of the student’s names, you will be able to read their contest entry.