Slaughter student’s artwork wins _lowres

Image provided by Peggy Reno -- Student Madison Graham, of Slaughter Community Charter School, won first place for this postcard illustration in a contest co-sponsored by the Civil War Trust and History Channel.

Eighth-grader Madison Graham, of Slaughter Community Charter School, is a first-place winner in the 2015 essay and postcard contest, co-sponsored by the Civil War Trust and History Channel.

The contest encouraged students to discuss the theme “1864-65: Bringing the War to a Close” through essays or postcards in fourth through seventh grade or eighth through 12th grade.

The Civil War Trust is a nonprofit devoted to the preservation of America’s battlegrounds, and although primarily focused on the protection of Civil War battlefields, the organization also seeks to save the battlefields connected to the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, a news release said.

Through educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives, the Civil War Trust seeks to inform the public about the role the battlefields played in determining the course of the nation’s history, according to civilwartrust.org.

Graham’s design was created as a seventh-grader in Glenis Kent’s social studies class at SCCS and judged on creativity, clarity and strength of message.

She will receive $1,000, Slaughter Community Charter Academic Dean Peggy Reno said.

To view the winning postcards or read the essays, visit civilwar.org/education/contests-quizzes/2015-contests/2015-essay-postcard-contest.html.