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SJA Student Wins Vermont Archaeology Society Essay Contest


Sophomore Katie Blassingame won the First Annual Vermont Archaeology Month High School Paper Contest held by the Vermont Archaeology Society. She is pictured here with Christie Artel, Secretary of the Vermont Archaeology Society, and faculty member David Eckhardt, her AP World History teacher.


SJA Sophomore Katie Blassingame won the First Annual Vermont Archaeology Month High School Paper Contest held by the Vermont Archaeology Society. The subject for the 2017 contest is, "Why does archaeology matter?" Students responded to the following prompt: "We are all interested in how and why cultures change over time because it gives us insight into our own cultural changes. Archaeology is unique among the humanities and social sciences in that the objects it studies span great periods of time. It has allowed archaeologists to study how and why cultures change in all periods of time and in all parts of the world."

The conclusion of Katie's essay reads: "In the end, archaeology has many uses for those looking for the truth behind where we came from, who we are, and maybe even where we're going. History is constantly being made as time flies by, so it would be easy for us to forget our past if people did not study it, even though our past is there to be learned from. It is for that reason that archaeologists carry such an important weight on their shoulders, as keepers of the past, changers of the present, and predictors of the future."

David Eckhardt, Chair of the Academy Social Studies department, said, "I am very proud of Katie for winning this writing contest. The field of Archaeology is often overlooked in the Social Studies, and I am very glad that the Vermont Archaeology Society has created a contest that serves to engage high school students in this interesting field."

Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "I am very pleased that teachers like Dave Eckhardt are giving students a chance to showcase their skills in regional and state contests like this, and I'm very proud of Katie for her winning essay. These contests give students a chance to reflect on important issues and topics, and to have Katie do so well is a real testament to her ability and the talents of those who have taught her."

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