Gage Center Celebrates Essay Winners 2012

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.

The winners of the Elementary Contest were from Jennifer Schantz’s 4th grade class at Brewerton: 1st Place: Morgan Foland, 2nd Place: Alyssa Harrell, 3rd Place: Allyson Isereau.

The winners of the Middle School Contest were from JoAnn Harrod’s 8th grade class at Wellwood Middle School: 1st Place: Katie Neuburger, 2nd Place: Anya Greenberg.

The winners of the High School Contest were: 1st Place: Tom Schneible, ESM, 2nd Place: Brianna Suslovic, JD, 3rd Place: Eric Spero, ESM.

By clicking on each of the student’s names, you will be able to read their contest entry.

Elementary Winners

Elementary Winners

Middle School Winners

Middle School Winners

All Winners 2011-12

All Winners 2011-12

High School Winners

High School Winners

Hristina Macedonia

Hristina from Macedonia

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