Winners of 2008 Washington's Birthday Art Contest Announced
Contact: James Tomasek, 724-329-5811
Contact: Tom Markwardt, 724-329-5811
FARMINGTON, PA: The National Park Service will honor the winners of the Fort Necessity Washington's Birthday Art Contest with award ceremonies Saturday, February 23. 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 448 student entries based on artistic merit and historical accuracy.
The ceremony begins at 1:00 p.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 entries earned a Fort Necessity patch and certificate. Awards will be presented to:
Fourth Grade - Washington in Fayette Category: First Prize: Jonathan Stiner, Cardale Elementary, New Salem; Second Prize: Casey Tremba, Conn-Area Catholic School, Connellsville; Third Prize: Mark Dillon, Frazier Central Elementary, Perryopolis ; Honorable Mention: Gina Coldren, Frazier Central Elementary; Autumn Kennedy, Marshall Elementary, Uniontown.
Fourth Grade - Life of Washington Category: First Prize: Miranda Hallas, Wharton Elementary, Farmington; Second Prize: Noelle Elliot, Wharton Elementary; Third Prize: Eddie Harkins, Frazier Central Elementary; Honorable Mention: Bryce Strickler , Frazier Central Elementary; Kate Guido, Chestnut Ridge Christian Academy, Uniontown.
Fifth Grade - Washington in Fayette Category: First Prize: Nicholas Yuvan, Frazier Central Elementary; Second Prize: Haley Thomas, Conn-Area Catholic; Third Prize: Kara Matway, Perry Elementary , Perryopolis; Honorable Mention: Corrissa Budd, Perry Elementary; Kennedy Scarry, Conn-Area Catholic ; Christina Babyak, Frazier Central Elementary; Amanda Richards, Frazier Central Elementary.
Fifth Grade - Life of Washington Category: First Prize: Louisa Jane Goodwin, New Meadow Run School , Farmington; Second Prize: Danielle Caschera, Perry Elementary; Third Prize: Bethany Coldren, Conn-Area Catholic; Honorable Mention: Jessica Maendel, New Meadow Run School, Farmington; Alexandra Shaw, Chestnut Ridge Christian Academy; Sarah DeFazio, Marshall Elementary ; Molly Paschke, Chestnut Ridge Christian Academy.
Sixth Grade - Washington in Fayette Category: First Prize: Henry Bowman, New Meadow Run School; Second Prize: Natasha Compy, New Meadow Run School; Third Prize: Brandon Kushnar, St. Mary’s School, Uniontown; Honorable Mention: Dylan Graham, A.J. McMullen Middle School, Markleysburg; Emma Bell, Conn-Area Catholic School.
Sixth Grade –Life of Washington Category: First Prize: Sarah Fiano, Conn-Area Catholic School; Second Prize: Caleigh Wanson, St. Mary’s School, Uniontown; Third Prize: Annie Mackowick, McMurray Elementary School, McMurray; Honorable Mention: Michaela Fisher, A.J McMullen Middle School; Haleah Brown, Conn-Area Catholic School; Jeffrey Maendel, New Meadow Run School.
All entries will be on display at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center February 23 through March 2.
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 on U.S. Route 40, The Historic National Road.
Did You Know?
Christoph Jacob Munk and his family emigrated from Germany to Ohio in 1832. They traveled along the National Road. He wrote about rainstorms, a 4 foot rattlesnake, the mountains and sleeping at isolated inns. He also mentions that “it is very troublesome to travel with [a] wife and children.”