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Congratulations to Anya Parks for winning the top prize of $10,000 for the statewide Lee-Jackson Memorial Scholarship. This program was founded with the hope of educating young people about the historical legacy of two of Virginia's prominent military figures. Anya notes, "Participating in the Lee-Jackon scholarship program was an exciting opportunity because it allowed me to explore a new facet of an old story. I've learned about the Civil War and Robert E. Lee from the time I was in grade school, and never stopped to wonder at its continued importance. Why are the Confederacy and its leaders still revered today, despite their loss of the war? This is the question I sought to answer in my essay, and for that reason am thankful for my participation. I enjoyed the experience of writing my essay, and am deeply appreciative of my selection as a winner." Read Anya's full essay here. Wakefield history teacher, Peter Findler, advised Anya through the process, aiding in editing and organizing her paper. "I couldn't have done it without him," Anya states. She also interviewed Dr. Fuchs and Ms. Duke for their respective knowledge on the Civil War and historical art work. She attributes her writing skills to the teachers at Wakefield School stating, "At no other school have I been pushed to improve like I have been here, and I believe that is because all of my teachers deeply care about my progress as a student and as an individual." We look forward to seeing Anya's next endeavors at Duke University as she begins her freshman year in the fall of 2017.