MPS 8th grader places third in national Civil War essay contest

Adianna with the Abraham Lincoln statuette at the Gilder Lehrman Collection

Adianna with the Abraham Lincoln statuette at the Gilder Lehrman Collection

A Milwaukee Public Schools eighth grade student was awarded third place in a national Civil War essay content through The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Adianna Jackson, who attends U.S. Grant School, examined the nation’s most divisive conflict through letters, speeches, songs, photographs, newspapers, military orders, and other documents, conducting research with primary as well as secondary sources.

Adianna meets with Stephen Spielberg

Adianna meets with Stephen Spielberg

Her essay, “African Americans and Their Battle,” earned her a third place award in the middle school category, as well as $100. She was also flown to New York City, along with her teacher, Ms. Felde, and her grandmother for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize dinner.

While there, she met Hollywood director Stephen Spielberg, who was honored with a Special Achievement Award for his film, “Lincoln.” Spielberg took pictures with each student and spent time speaking with them about their papers. Adianna also had the opportunity to tour the Gilder Lehrman Collection of original documents while in New York.