Junior Ella Rose Awarded Rising Senior Lecture Award
Junior Ella Rose recieved the Rising Senior Lecture Award, which honors one exemplary rising senior who is academically successful in social studies and shows an interest in pursuing a career in academia. The winner of this award is invited to give a lecture of their choosing to a 9th-grade class.
Ella choose to lecture about some of America’s most impactful and historic presidential campaigns, including the campaign of Stephen Douglas, a senator from Illinois from 1847-1861 who ran for president multiple times before finally receiving the nomination to run against Lincoln. Douglas was vilified because of his strong and outspoken stance against slavery. Ella's lecture also focused on Shirley Chisholm who, in 1968, became the first African-American woman in Congress and the first African-American woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Ella's last two campaigns discussed Ralph Nader and current presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Ella has a special admiration for Shirley Chisholm. “My deep respect for her is truly for her ambition and the fact that she never let people get in the way of her doing what she thought was right,” Ella said.
Ella explained that she chose to lecture about failed campaigns because they provide an excellent opportunity to learn from history. “I firmly believe that there are important things that can be learned from a failed campaign. With the 2020 campaigns ramping up, I thought it essential to inform people about some of the encouragement and warnings that history has given us about the next presidential election,” she said.
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