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.
|Under the auspices of the Washington Workshops Foundation, a private nonprofit educational program in American government, the Essay Contest is open to high school students. Winners of an annual national essay contest sponsored by the NSCDA are awarded a week long trip to Washington, D.C. to experience citizenship education about the national government. In 2009, 4 students from Georgia were sponsored.|
|The topic for 2009 was, “Over the course of history which American leader has provided the greatest visionary leadership?” Two winning essays are Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President James Madison. The topic for 2010 is “Discuss a major Supreme Court decision you believe to be pivotal in our nation’s history.Information sheet for 2010 and application for 2010.
(For more information, link to http://www.workshops.org. For more information from The NSCDA National Consultant for this project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please reference Essay Contest as the subject.)
2008 Patriotic Scholarship Award
Americus, GA – Zachary Wilt, center, Southland Academy rising junior, is congratulated by Americus Town Chairman Kathy Parks, left. Wilt’s essay was judged among Georgia’s three 2008 Congressional essay winners in the annual essay contest sponsored by the National Society for the Colonial Dames of America. However, he was unable to attend the annual Congressional Workshop in Washington, DC, due to a prior academic commitment. He was granted a $200 cash award by the Americus Town Committee presented at Southland’s Honors Day. Looking on at right is Southland Academy social studies teacher, Susan Welch.