San Francisco Civil War Round Table
Sesquicentennial Essay Contest Results
To mark the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the Civil War, the SFCWRT
announced an essay contest for students in the San Francisco school system.
Prizes of $500 each were offered for the best essays from a Middle School student
and a High School student. By the May 13th deadline, forty essays had been
received and the quality was so high that it was decided to award runner up prizes
also. In addition, thanks to Bob Bowen, the National Park Service kindly donated
a candlelight tour of Fort Point for each of the two first place winners and twenty
of their friends.
The three judges, Wayne Padgett, Bob Bowen, and Patrick Doyle, each read all
forty entries and held numerous lengthy discussions in order to arrive at the final
Special thanks is due to Julio Sanchez, Social Studies Content Specialist at the
San Francisco Unified School District, who helped design the contest and was the
primary interface with history teachers throughout the city.
Special praise is due also to Mr. Amien Lau, whose students at Marina Middle
School submitted an astounding twenty essays.
For full details of the contest rules, etc. click here.
To read an essay, click on the student's name.
Entries From Middle Schools (8th Grade):
SF Community School 5
A.P. Giannini 3
James Lick 1
Winner ($500): Cuc Phan, Aptos Middle School,
Teacher: Ms. Aleta Oryall
1st Runner up ($100): Jomar Villagracia, SF Community School,
Teacher: Ms. Ellena Weldon
2nd Runner up ($50): Julian Greenhill, James Lick Middle School,
Teacher: Ms. Ruth Holsen
Entries from High Schools (11th Grade):
Winner ($500): Terri Ha, Lowell High School, Teacher:
Mr. Steve Schmidt
1st Runner up ($100): Jasmine Woo, Galileo High School,
Teacher: Ms. Christina Tang
2nd Runner up ($50): Paige Cheung, Lowell High School,
Teacher: Mr. Steve Schmidt