• Fort Necessity (NPS photo by Debbie Martinez)

    Fort Necessity

    National Battlefield Pennsylvania

Winners of 2007 Washington's Birthday Art Contest Announced

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Date: February 21, 2007
Contact: James Tomasek, 724-329-5471
Contact: Tom Markwardt, 724-329-5811

Artwork:  The Half-King attacks Jumonville while Washington looks on.
Winning entry for the 6th Grade-Washington in Fayette category.
Mark Frederick - Altoona Central Catholic

FARMINGTON, PA: The National Park Service will honor the winners of the Fort Necessity Washington's Birthday Art Contest with award ceremonies Saturday, February 24. Students in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades of local elementary schools were challenged to artistically depict an event in George Washington's life. Judges chose the winners from 857 student entries based on artistic merit and historical accuracy.

The ceremony begins at 1:00p.m. Students will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond for first prize, a $25.00 gift certificate to the Fort Necessity Bookstore for second prize, or a George Washington Medallion for third prize. Honorable mention and special merit entries earned a Fort Necessity lapel pin. Awards will be presented to:

Fourth Grade – Washington in Fayette Category: First Prize: Johnalyn N. Wyne, Frazier Area Central Elementary, Fayette City; Second Prize: Danielle Caschera, Perry Elementary, Perryopolis; Third Prize: Joshua Miller, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Honorable Mention: Makenna Karpiak, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Nicholas Yuvan, Frazier Area Central Elementary.

Fourth Grade – Life of Washington Category: First Prize: Dylan Swenglish, Menallen Elementary, Uniontown; Second Prize: Emily Swenglish, Menallen Elementary; Third Prize: Emily Frazee, Marclay Elementary, Markleysburg; Honorable Mention: Dyanna Shaporka, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Christina Babyak, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Jamie Muccioli, Perry Elementary.

Fourth Grade - Special Merit Awards: Fort Necessity: Kara Matway, Perry Elementary.

Fifth Grade - Washington in Fayette Category: First Prize: Victoria Thomas, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Second Prize: Amanda Dionis, Menallen Elementary; Third Prize: Michaela Fisher, Marclay Elementary; Honorable Mention: Lauren Timko, Perry Elementary

Fifth Grade - Life of Washington Category: First Prize: Caleigh Wanson, Saint Mary Nativity School, Uniontown; Second Prize: Colin McKee, George C. Marshall Elementary, Uniontown; Third Prize: Cody Haney, Marshall Elementary; Honorable Mention: Caitlyn Brown, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Kenny Stoner, Conn-Area Catholic School, Connellsville.

Fifth Grade - Special Merit Awards: Fort Necessity: Sarah Fiano, Conn-Area Catholic School; Washington’s Portrait: Collin Nutt, Frazier Area Central Elementary; Nick Farrell, Perry Elementary

Sixth Grade - Washington in Fayette Category: First Prize: Mark Frederick, Altoona Central Catholic School, Altoona; Second Prize: Shane Yokobosky, Menallen Elementary; Third Prize: Olivia Wilson, Conn-Area Catholic School; Honorable Mention: Michael Jacobyansky, Conn-Area Catholic School; Jenna Jenkins, Menallen Elementary

Sixth Grade –Life of Washington Category: First Prize: Sarah Elias, Saint John the Evangelist, Uniontown; Second Prize: Jessica Frinzi, AJ McMullen Middle School, Markleysburg; Third Prize: Amanda Seehoffer, Menallen Elementary; Honorable Mention: Julie Friend, AJ McMullen Middle School; Ryan Robson, Conn-Area Catholic School

Sixth Grade - Special Merit Awards: Washington’s Portrait: Nathan Smith, Brownsville Middle School, Brownsville.

All entries will be on display at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center February 24 through March 3.

Following the award ceremony, Paul Mackowick, a French and Indian War re-enactor, will present a costumed program about soldier’s life in Washington’s Fort Necessity campaign.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield is located 11 miles east of Uniontown, Pennsylvania on U.S. Route 40, The National Road.

Did You Know?

Over 100 re-enactors participated in the tactical demonstrations of the battle during the 250th anniversary of the battle.

The action at Fort Necessity was the first major event in the military career of George Washington. It marked the only time he ever surrendered his army to an enemy.