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(Dover, DE) – The Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the State of Delaware, in collaboration with The Lincoln Club of Delaware, have announced the three winners of the Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Essay Scholarship.
Alan Stuart Markham, from Caravel Academy, won the first-place scholarship of $10,000. The second-place $7,500 scholarship went to Greg Baumann from Tall Oaks Classical School; Ella Frances Wagner, from Sanford School, took the third-place scholarship of $5,000.
High school seniors across Delaware competed for the Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Essay Scholarship by submitting an essay on the topic, “1860 Candidate Lincoln’s Middle Path on Slavery: Too Little or Just Right?” The deadline for this contest, which was administered by the Delaware Higher Education Commission, was December 5, 2008.
The winners will be honored at the Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Dinner on February 10, 2009, at the Chase Riverfront Center in Wilmington. The Dinner will also feature a dialogue with Harold Holzer and the Hon. Frank J. Williams on “The Legacy of Abraham Lincoln in the 21st Century.” Additional information on the Dinner is available at http://www.lincoln200.delaware.gov/ .
The Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely, who chairs the Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, said “We are very pleased to honor these three high school seniors for their writing achievements. Abraham Lincoln provided the national leadership that saved our Union and ended slavery in America. The bicentennial of his birth this year provides a unique opportunity for students to not only study the leadership qualities of our nation’s greatest President but also to exercise the critical thinking skills essential to their own success as 21st Century citizens of the United States.”The Delaware Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission was established by an Act of the 143rd General Assembly, House Bill No. 491, which was sponsored by former House Majority Leader Rep. Wayne A. Smith (R-Brandywine Hundred-North) and Senator Nancy Cook (D-Kenton) and signed into law by Governor Ruth Ann Minner. To learn about other Lincoln Bicentennial activities in Delaware, visit http://www.lincoln200.delaware.gov/. The national Lincoln Bicentennial website is at www.lincolnbicentennial.gov/
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