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National Praise for Civil War Essays

McBride High School has earned a leadership award from a national nonprofit institute, which recognized the school for numerous civil war essays submitted by students for an annual contest.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History named McBride as the winner of the Gilder Lehrman Leadership Award.  The honor goes to the school with the highest number of participating students in the annual Civil War Essay Contest.  Nearly 100 students from McBride submitted essays.

“We greatly enjoyed reading your students’ entries,” said Tim Bailey, education director for the institute.

The award comes with certificates for each participating student, along with a pack of materials on the Civil War, including the institute’s booklets Abraham Lincoln in His Own Words, Great Lincoln Documents, and The Soldier’s Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the Civil War.  The school also will receive posters of Civil War scenes and other key documents from the Gilder Lehrman collection.

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the institute is devoted to the improvement of history education.  The institute’s array of programs for schools, teachers and students now operate in all 50 states.  The organization’s website features more than 60,000 unique historical documents.

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