Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library to Present Essay Contest Awards to Woodrow Wilson High School Students
STAUNTON, VIRGINIA—The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum today announced its representatives will travel to Portsmouth to present Woodrow Wilson Essay Contest awards totaling $5,000.00 to students of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. The presentations will be part of the school’s year-end awards assembly on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:00 p.m. at the high school, which is located at 1401 Elmhurst Lane in Portsmouth. The phone number there is (757) 465-2907. The Presidential Library and Woodrow Wilson High School are jointly sponsoring the Woodrow Wilson Essay Contest to further the students’ knowledge of President Wilson.
The Presidential Library has held similar essay contests at the Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Tampa, Florida, the last two years. When CNN Political Analyst Bill Schneider spoke at the Presidential Library last year, the Presidential Library learned that Dr. Schneider is an alumnus of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth and decided to establish an essay contest at the school.
There are eight winners of the contest, two from each class. The senior class winners will receive $1,000.00 each, while the other winners will receive $500.00 each. At the ceremony, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Executive Director Eric Vettel will present each winner with a certificate and a mock check. Nancy McIntyre, the WWPL’s Director of Development, and Karen McGrath, the WWPL’s Director of Special Events, will assist with the ceremony.
Here is a list of the winners:
12th Grade- Justine Jackson and Jasmine Pringle
11th Grade- Shawn Bowers and Jennifer Duty
10th Grade- Brittany Boomer and Anastasia Peele
9th Grade- Meredith Hollingsworth and Jakira Jordan
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia, is open 360 days a year for guests from around the world to tour the President’s Birthplace, the historic gardens, and the Woodrow Wilson Museum, including the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine. The Presidential Library also sponsors educational programming for thousands of schoolchildren each year and hosts teachers’ institutes and a variety of other educational symposia. The Presidential Library’s speaker series has recently included Scott Berg, Lawrence Eagleburger, Kevin Phillips, Larry Sabato, Cokie Roberts, Bill Schneider, and Robert Samuelson. The Presidential Library has a large collection of Wilson and Wilson-era documents and recently established the Wilson e-Library, an on-line digital archive through which students, teachers, scholars, and the public can access these documents for free. The Foundation recently purchased an historic home next to the Museum and is now turning the building into the WWPL’s Library and Research Center.