Monday, February 1, 2010

WINTER 2009 ISSUE; Houston, Texas

Commentary: Recognizing Good High School
Scholars, Writers and Researchers
22 January 2010 MichaelS
The Concord Review

1.22.1—Michael F. Shaughnessy—I am continually amazed by the work of Will Fitzhugh and
The Concord Review. The current issue just arrived and in reviewing it, I can only say that I am amazed at the depth and rigor of the scholarship and topics that are presented in The Concord Review.

Michael F. Shaughnessy

Eastern New Mexico University

Portales, New Mexico

I need to acknowledge these students, their papers, and their high schools from the Winter 2009 issue, (#80):

Lara Mitra wrote on “The State of Pakistan”. She hails from Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C.

Daniel Stein wrote on the case of “Morse v. Frederick”. He attends La Jolla Country Day School, in La Jolla, California.

Daniel Solecki contributed a paper on “The Rise and Fall of Cahokia”. He attends Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Jonathan Kaplowitz wrote on “Andersonville Prison”. He also attends Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.

Leila Pribay of the American School of Antananarivo wrote about the “History of Madagascar”.

Daniel F. Webber researched the “War of 1812”. His high school was the Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Todd Brenner contributed a paper on “Northern Ireland”. He attends Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, New York.

Mary Peeler of St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis Tennessee wrote on “Missionaries in China”.

Michael Richardson of Harvard-Westlake School in North Hollywood, California wrote on “Arquebus in Japan”.

John Randolph Thornton of Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut wrote on “ Operation Ajax”.

Christiane Henrich of Marblehead High School in Marblehead, Massachusetts wrote on “Civil War Medicine”.

All of the parents, teachers, mentors, principals and counselors should be commended for encouraging this scholarship, writing and research. It is good to see these fine students get recognition for their scholarly contributions to their field and this reflects positively on all of the teachers that they may have encountered over the years—since the papers reflect not only on writing, but on spelling, thinking, reading, and research skills as well as on writing skills. While it may be a high school teacher who encouraged these students to submit their work, their foundational skills were provided over a long period of time and those teachers who contributed to these skills should also be acknowledged and recognized. And of course, Will Fitzhugh should be commended for his hard work in bringing this all to fruition.

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