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Quaker Leaders Essay Contest Winners Announced, Essays Posted

Monday, January 15, 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.

Ruben Davis '06 and Qiuhong Hunsicker '06 were both named winners of the first Quaker Leaders Essay Contest, held in 2006.

John Woolman: The Quiet Advocate
by Ruben Davis '06
This portrait of Woolman reveals a man who was at once soft-spoken, plainspoken, and outspoken. Both in his writings and in the way he lived his life, his simple style revealed deep thought while his moral and religious beliefs reflected deep convictions, especially concerning his opposition to slavery and to the paying of war taxes. Woolman lived at a time when many Quakers held slaves and other Quakers were silent on the subject. The writer chronicles how Woolman's humility got fellow Quakers, and others, to listen and his passion got them to change their minds. He set a high standard for Quakers and non-Quakers to aspire to.
Select this link to view the full essay (PDF).
 
John Woolman's Call Lives On
by Qiuhong Hunsicker '06
In this essay, Woolman is portrayed as a role model, both for Quakers during his lifetime and for people today. A man of quiet deeds rather than fiery words, Woolman influenced contemporaries by steadfastly remaining true to his beliefs: that slavery is immoral and should be abolished and that greed and extravagance perpetuate the enslavement of others and lead to war. In order to live in concert with these beliefs, Woolman steadfastly adhered to a simple lifestyle, choosing to experience life as the less fortunate did. The essay draws connections to injustices of today and describes how Woolman's passion for goodness and respect for all continue to influence and inspire people to make the world better.
Select this link to view the full essay (PDF).