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Lincoln Essay Contest Winners Announced

Lincoln Essay Contest Winners Announced


May 2, 2012
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC) honored winners of its 2012 Lincoln Essay Contest at a reception at the Oklahoma History Center on April 21. The annual contest was sponsored with support from Pottawatomie Telephone Company and SONIC, America’s Drive-In. Panera Bread provided cookies for the reception.

Bruce Fisher, Administrative Program Officer for the Oklahoma Historical Society, was the featured speaker and discussed how the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation of September 1862 set the stage for the abolition of slavery.

First place winners received a cash prize of $200 and their teachers received a $250 classroom grant. Second place winners received $150 and third place winners received $100. “More than 900 students competed in this year’s contest,” said OHC Program Associate Kelly Elsey. “We congratulate all the students and teachers who took on this year’s challenging essay and drawing topics.”

A lesson plan contest was added to this year's competition. Teachers were asked to submit a lesson plan which incorporated the Lincoln Essay Contest in their classroom. First place, $600, was awarded to Corde' Dunlap of Anderson Elementary in Sand Springs. Second place, $500, was awarded to Karen Cruise of Destiny Christian School in Oklahoma City. Third place, $400, was awarded to Melissa Cavenah of Mannford Elementary School.

Becky Rickard, Director of Archives and Administration for Sonic Corporation, presented Sonic gift cards to all the winning students. This year’s contest winners include:

Kindergarten through 1st Grade:
1st Place - Enya Apanasova, Truman Primary, Norman
2nd Place - Connor Graham, Anderson Elementary, Sand Springs
3rd Place - Zane Hause, Prague Early Childhood Center

2nd through 3rd Grade:
1st Place - Kuldip Singh Cheema, Central Elementary, Idabel
2nd Place - Kolton Sain, Cental Elementary, Idabel
3rd Place - Coleton Dallas, Deer Creek Prairie Vale, Edmond

4th through 6th Grade:
1st Place - Ken Nguyen, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City
2nd Place - Justice Karlon LeeGrace LeSure, Nichols Hills Elementary School, Oklahoma City
3rd Place - Claire Smith, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Oklahoma City

7th through 9th Grade:
1st Place - Kelsey West, Glenpool High School
2nd Place - Mason Maple, Harrah Middle School
3rd Place - Cheyenne Edison, Glenpool High School

10th through 12th Grade:
1st Place - Lacey Daubenspeck, Cache High School
2nd Place - Tanya Salyers-Spangler, Lawton High School
3rd Place - Daniel Pae, Lawton High School

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