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Quaker Leaders Essay Contest Winner Announced, Essay Posted

Monday, November 12, 2007  
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Quaker Leaders Essay Contest

Established by John Templeton Jr. '58, MD, the annual Quaker Leaders Essay Contest invites all George School students to write and submit a biographical essay about a leader from the first one hundred years of Quaker history. Five judges, including three members of the George School Religion Department, evaluate the essays on the basis of their historical accuracy, use of original sources, analysis of the leader's perspective and impact, presentation of the leader as a role model within the Religious Society of Friends, and presentation of the leader as an agent of change.

Sharon Kaziunas '07 was named winner of the Quaker Leaders Essay Contest, held in 2007.

Mary Fisher: A Woman of Fortitude and Faith
This essay recounts the life of Quaker missionary Mary Fisher, whose belief in her faith was so strong that it led her to endure ridicule, imprisonment, and torture as a consequence of her preaching. From modest beginnings in northern England and a conversion to Quakerism after hearing George Fox, Fisher became an unlikely 17th-century world traveler, determined to spread the Quaker message. Quakerism was not widely accepted in her time, however, and on trips to Cambridge University and the Massachusetts Bay Colony she was treated harshly. Her most adventurous journey, and the one where she was treated with the most respect, was to preach to the Grand Turk, in Adrianople. Throughout these missionary quests, Fisher is depicted as a brave and determined woman who not only endured arduous journeys and abominable treatment but, more importantly, lived her faith simply and honestly and felt compelled to share her understanding of the Spirit of God.