Upper Dublin student wins Gettysburg Address competition

UPPER DUBLIN TWP., Pa. - November 15, 2013

The contest was dubbed 'In Lincoln's Footsteps.'

After beating out 140 students from across the state of Pennsylvania, 16-year-old Lauren Pyfer has claimed the top prize.

Students were asked to write a contemporary version of President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

"Exulting the themes and the values that he put forth - bravery, courage, and sacrifice. National purpose but in modern day," said Danielle McNamara, history teacher at Upper Dublin High School.

Three other students from Upper Dublin, joined Lauren as one of the seven finalists in the contest.

For her winning 270 word speech, Lauren will receive a $5,000 cash scholarship prize and a one year tuition scholarship to one of 14 colleges in Pennsylvania.

"When Lincoln spoke, he was just speaking to the U.S. but now my speech revolves around relating it to the whole world. Science and technology have advanced. One of my favorite parts of the speech revolves around a certain metaphor. So I kind of stuck with that metaphor that relates to the global aspect of the speech," said Lauren.

"It's wonderful recognition for her. It's recognition for our academic program. It's great recognition for the whole school," said Principal Robert Schultz.

The 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address is next Tuesday. On that day, Lauren will deliver her wining speech at the Dedication Day ceremony at Soldier's National Cemetery.

For now she and her history teacher have been fully engaged in perfecting it, before the big trip to Gettysburg.

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