OMOS students win essay contest
Kate McGrath's essay won first place, and Noah Huffman won second place. Both are eighth-grade students at Our Mother of Sorrows Middle School in Johnstown under teacher Sue Policicchio. Their essays revolved around Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams and one of the country's first feminists.
Kate is the daughter of John and Anne McGrath of Johnstown. She is active in softball, volleyball, soccer and the Forensics and Scholastic Quiz teams. To Kate, Abigail Adams was "a role model to not only women but to everyone who feels like they can't make an impact in the world."
Noah is the son of Rick and Denise Huffman of Homer City. He is active in basketball, cross country, track and field, as well as a member of the Math Counts and Scholastic Quiz teams.
The essay winners received their awards at a ceremony led by Edward J. Sheehan, Jr., president and chief executive officer of CTC and vice chairman of the CTC Foundation, on June 21.
The awards were made possible through a donation by Conway B. Jones, Jr., CTC foundation chair. Also in attendance were CTC board of directors chairman Howard M. Picking, III and Adelle C. Picking, who started the Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum in 1998.
"The Great Americans Day Citizenship Forum was developed to promote the American ideal of civic virtue and citizenship," Sheehan said. "While this year's Great American lived several hundred years ago, the importance of Abigail Adams's character, lifestyle, and ambition can have major impacts for today's generation."