Gordon wins The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America’s Essay Contest
Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Staff Report
THOMASVILLE -- Brookwood School junior Madeline Gordon has won The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America’s (NSCDA) Congressional Seminar Essay Contest. The NSCDA essay contest has been held annually for 41 years, and winners are rewarded with a one-week trip to attend a Congressional Seminar Washington, D.C. “The essay contest is an important motivational tool to encourage students to develop and foster an interest in American history,” says Kim Bragg, spokesperson for the Thomasville chapter of the NSCDA. Essays are judged on a variety of criteria, including clarity and development of ideas, writing skill, and persuasiveness. “Madeline's essay was so well-researched, her documentation superb, and her writing of the highest quality,” says Susan Vann, who is Gordon's advisor at Brookwood School. “I’m so very happy for Madeline, and proud [of her].” Gordon’s essay dealt with what can be a touchy topic in the modern political climate: The Second Amendment. Gordon’s essay navigated the delicate subject with aplomb. “I really wanted to focus on a middle ground and find a way that I could stay true to my beliefs on it without alienating an audience with possibly opposing beliefs,” Gordon says. “I focused mostly on the historical context of the Bill of Rights and its reason for being written.” Gordon is excited to attend the Congressional Seminar, and to learn more about how the United States government works. “I'm very interested in politics and law, so it will be really interesting to be where everything I'm always reading and hearing about is actually happening,” Gordon says. “I know that Madeline is keenly interested in how the U.S. government works and the ins and outs of D.C. politics,” says Vann. “This will be an excellent opportunity for her to get to experience that first-hand.” Bragg says that the Thomasville NSCDA is proud to have a local winner, and hopes that Gordon’s success will inspire other students.
“I would like to extend my congratulations to Madeline on her achievement and encourage her to continue her historical studies,” Bragg says. “I hope her experience as she travels to Washington, D.C. will motivate other students to participate next year.”
Located in Thomasville, GA, Brookwood School is a private school for grades JK-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.