The following is a release from The Moorestown Rotary Club regarding the History Writing Award Contest:
This was the hardest judging since the History Writing Award contest’s inception. The papers are judged for the historical context, research, uniqueness and not least, how well written to capture the judges’ attention.
We elected to have two “winners” this year. First the Community House, to acknowledge its 100th Anniversary and all other topics (as in the past). The judges were really challenged, so we decided to adjust the prizes. The top two, will receive $750 each (as stated) are: Priya Panganamamulap about Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, and Lia Sanfilippol on the Community House.
While very difficult, we identified five papers that were very well done and they will receive $250 each: Luke Steene on the Cowperthaite House; Michael Cougle on the Community House; Anna Lawlor on the Community House; Keyan Vojdanik on Eldgridge Johnson and the Community House and Gianna Ambrose on the Community House
The other participants had unique topics, creative approaches and will receive $150 each: Allie Waggoner on The Community House and its Pool ; Jillian Pizzi on the Smith Cadbury House; Marisa Brown-Johnson on The Thunderbird Museum of Native American artifacts; Lily Burchdahl on the Evolution of Main Street; Evan Shaffer on the Moorestown Airport; Dominic Sommese on Moorestown Schools and Robert McCandless- Our Parks, Fullerton, Jeffrey Young, Dr. John Pryor, Memorial Park.
This is the fourth year that the Rotary Lunch Club has sponsored this event which has included 50 Student papers and awarded $8,750 in awards. Students from Moorestown High School and Moorestown Friends School have participated and overwhelmingly enjoyed the experience.