FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: March 26, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Wilson College presented awards to the winners of the college’s third annual National Women’s History Month High School Essay Contest yesterday at the Hankey Center for the Education and Advancement of Women.
Carlisle High School senior John Morton won the $150 first prize for his essay entitled “How Women Won the War,” which examines the effect of women entering the workforce during World War II and their many contributions to the war effort.
Second place went to Carlisle High School 10th-grader Megan Godfrey for her essay about Gaura Devi, a woman from India who led a nonviolent environmental awareness campaign in the 1970s among village women that helped protect forests from deforestation. Godfrey, who couldn’t attend, will receive a $100 prize.
Carlisle High School 9th-grader Grace Echevarria won the $50 third prize for her essay about Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to earn a medical degree and who established the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary.
A total of 80 students from eight school districts entered Wilson’s National Women’s History Month High School Essay Contest, which requires entries to focus on a significant person, event or movement in women’s history and analyze its relevance or influence today. Twelve students received honorable mention awards.
The contest was sponsored by Wilson’s Hankey Center. For more information, contact Hankey Center Director Amy Ensley at 717-264-4141, Ext. 3279, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation. Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college has a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.