WASHINGTON– Analhi Lizarraga Minor and Rachel Doggett of Americus, and Maci Williams of Albany, joined more than 50 other high school students from across the U.S. in Washington the week of June 22-June 28 to participate in the Washington Workshops Congressional Seminar.
The three students are Georgia’s winners in the national essay contest sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and offered through the Americus Town Committee, and the Albany Town Committee, NSCDA-Georgia.
Minor and Doggett are students at Southland Academy and Williams is a student at Deerfield Windsor School, Albany. They are all rising seniors. Caroline Carroll of Americus, also judged a national winner, was unable to participate.
Writing on the assigned topic: How Does the Monroe Doctrine Determine Our Past and Present Dominance as a World Power? the essay contest winners received a full scholarship and all-expense paid trip valued at more than $2,000 each to participate in the Seminar. Their essays were judged locally, regional and nationally for this award. Nationally, there were more than 300 entries submitted from across the U.S.with 54 attending from 22 states. There were 12 Dames scholars.
The Congressional Seminar, presented by the Washington Workshop Foundation, a private nonprofit educational organization based in Washington, engages the participants in active legislative simulation during the week-long Model Congress. Playing the roles of freshman representatives, speakers, lobbyists, caucus leaders, participants work to draft, revise and pass a bill through a vote of their seminar peers.
Additionally, the students attend lectures, visit historic sites and have personal interactions with Washington based policy makers, professionals and members of Congress and tour the historic Dumbarton House in Georgetown, national NSCDA headquarters.
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America actively promotes national heritage through historic preservation, patriotic service and educational projects. Founded in 1891, the NSCDA is an association of 45 Colonial and Corporate societies with more than 15,000 members nationwide. The National Society headquarters, Dumbarton House, is located in Washington. The Georgia Society founded in 1893 is headquartered at the Andrew Low House – Museum in Savannah.
Since 1967, the Washington Workshops Foundation has provided experience based educational travel programs to highly motivated, academically prepared and inquisitive students from across the US and around the world. The majority of these programs have brought students to Washington for more comprehensive understanding of leadership, civic education, federal government, US policies and global affairs.
submitted by Leila Case
2012 AMERICUS – Spenser Anderson of Americus, rising senior at Southland Academy, is among the four Georgia students to win the national essay contest sponsored by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA) and offered through the Patriotic Service committee of the Americus Town Committee, NSCDA-Georgia. Writing on the assigned topic: Discuss the relevance today of Abraham Lincoln’s statement, ‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand, Anderson and other essay contest winners received a full scholarship and all-expense paid trip to attend the Congressional Seminar in Washington, DC, the week of June 16-22. His essay was judged locally, regional and nationally for this award from the many entries submitted from across the US. Anderson presented his paper at the May meeting of the Americus Town Committee, NSCDA-GA where he was a guest of honor at the home of Robert and Kathy Parks. Mrs. Parks is outgoing chairman of the Americus Town Committee. Mrs. Dan Torbert (Mary) is incoming town chairman. Anderson, center, is shown with Susan Welch, Southland Academy history teacher, and Kathy Parks.