At a ceremony preceding the last lecture in the Civil War Lecture Series at GCC last night, the winners of the essay contest was announced to a packed house. Seven students were recognized for essays on the topic, “What did/does the Civil War mean for American Identity.” GCC Bookstore Manage Christopher Sackett was on hand to make the awards. Sackett and Barnes and Noble generously donated gift cards of $100.00 for the first place winner, $50.00 cards for the second and third place winners, as well as water bottles with the GCC logo. In addition to the first three places, four honorable mentions were recognized.
In remarks preceding the awards, GCC Prof. Derek Maxfield noted the fine quality of all of the entries. In fact, five of the entries garnered first place votes. Students receiving honorable mention included Nicholas Pitcher, Brady Hawkes, Gabe Necoechea, and Jessica Hollister – all four are from North Star Christian Academy in Rochester. Third place went to Matthew Sisto, Second to John Cole – both also from North Star Christian Academy, and First place was awarded to Sarah Lawson. Lawson is a home schooled student from the Batavia area.
Pictured are (left to right): GCC Bookstore Manager Christopher Sackett, First Place winner Sarah Lawson, Second Place winner John Cole, GCC Instructor of History Derek Maxfield, and Third Place winner Matthew Sisto.