Students from Hawthorne Scholastic Academy took the two top awards in the 35th annual history contest sponsored by the Ravenswood ¬Lake View Historical Association.
Leigh Durudogan won the $300 prize for the outstanding entry in the art category with her storyboard on Abe Saperstein, founder of the famed Harlem Globetrotters who was a Ravenswood Manor resident and a graduate of Lake View High School.
An in-depth study of the documentary and anecdotal background of his own house won a $300 outstanding essay award for Thomas Rossley, whose family home is in the Lakewood-Balmoral district of Edgewater. His research, carefully detailed in a step-by-step narrative, revealed the lives of people who lived in the house as well as changes in the property itself.
Richard Bjorklund, who has served as contest chairman since its inception, praised Rossley’s entry at the awards ceremony on May 24 as one of the best of more than 4,000 entries North Side students have submitted over the years. Winning students at the ceremony in Conrad Sulzer Regional Library, 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., received cash awards, certificates of excellence, patriotic medallions, a booklet on pioneer settler Conrad Sulzer and junior memberships in the 71-year-old historical association.
Other art category winners who received $150 each were Megan High of Bell School for “Alexander Graham Bell,” Cameron Alberg of Hawthorne Academy for “Kingdom of Magic - Riverview,” Melissa High of Bell School, for “Curt Teich,” Tiffany Briadin of St. Luke Academy for “St. Luke Academy, 1905.”
Margaret Gallery of Hawthorne for “John Hoellen, Republican, Reformer, Rebel,” Asher Perlmulter, Hawthorne, for “Mural At the Lake View Post Office,” Nicholas Ing, Hawthorne, for “The Development of Ravenswood,” and Eli Speigel, Hawthorne Academy, for “Ruth Duckworth, Shaping Clay From a Craft to an Art.” A special class award for “Cows on Parade” was awarded to first and second graders of St. Luke Academy.
Essay winners included Leslie Hernandez of McPherson School for “Swedish Covenant Hospital,” Mackenzie Trumbull, Hawthorne Academy, for “Lake View Presbyterian Church,” Sam Barder, Hawthorne, for “Robert S. DeGolyer: Unsung Chicago Architect,” Zoe Leeds, Hawthorne, for “Temple Shalom and Civil Rights,” Christian LaLuz, St. Luke Academy, for “Lane Tech College Prep.”
Kelsey Marron, Hawthorne Academy, for “The Netterstrom Mansion,” David Rodgers, Hawthorne, for “The Development of the Film Industry in Chicago” and Jacqueline Perman, Hawthorne, for “Uptown and the 5050 Sheridan Building.”
Winners of an essay contest challenging students to write about the namesakes of their schools were awarded $100 each and a bronze plaque carrying the explanation for their school’s wall. Association vice president Jack Lydon presented awards to Ralphie Amayo for Louisa May Alcott, the 19th century American novelist; Alia Stefan for Walt Disney, master cartoonist who attended McKinley High School here; Latrice Lawal for Horace Greeley, strong abolitionist editor and supporter of the Union.
Lizzy Costa for Mount Carmel, home of the Carmelite Catholic Order on the Mediterranean Sea; Matthew Sullivan, for St. Luke, a physician and apostle who championed the cause of women; Sydney Pacione, for St. Matthias, sometimes called the 13th apostle and the transfiguration in which Christ revealed his divinity; Deya Garcia, for Lyman Trumbull, three-term U.S. Senator, legal scholar and friend of Abraham Lincoln; Cedric Casuga, for a description of Ravenswood, named for a community of Long island, New York, that had been the home of a member of the Ravenswood Land Company, and Eric Jacobson, for Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1 9th century writer of tales and novels who was a friend and appointee of President Franklin Pierce.
Winning students, their parents and teachers at the awards ceremony were encouraged to pursue and study local history by Paul H. Dykstra, a prominent Chicago attorney who is secretary of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Public Library and a trustee of the Chicago History Museum.