continued “I love teaching The Constitution and getting them engaged and to become responsible citizens,” she said.
She learned of the contest through her connections as a member of the National Teacher Council, which she has been involved with since 2006.
This is the second win for Ferris-Fearnside. Three years ago another student of hers, Kassandra Hartt, won for her entry.
Fogg’s essay reads in part, “John Adams strongly believed that property rights were extremely important to the success of America. When he was in England serving as the first U.S. ambassador, he wrote A Defense of the American Constitutions in 1787, in which he addressed property rights. In this document he created several volumes of essays exploring historical or conceptual problems. He then sent these volumes to Thomas Jefferson, who was serving in Paris.”
Fogg's ability to discuss Adams and the depth of the topic she presented were elements that made her essay a winner, according to Gillespie.
All entries were read by a panel of 60 judges that included five staff members from the institute and a nationwide network of high schoolteachers. Each essay was assigned a number to keep authorship anonymous.
“All of the essays were very good and grappled with a question. Kathleen’s was very well written and she really had a grasp of history,” said Gillespie.
Fogg said, “We need to consolidate our government a little bit and make it easier for regular people to have their voices heard and the town should want to help them and help the businesses to grow. We shouldn’t have to spend so much time fighting our own government just trying to do things we need in order to succeed in our businesses.”
Fogg plans on going to college for business, and hopes to study international finance.