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Offered by:  Representatives Malcolm of Pawlet, Leriche of Hardwick, Symington of Jericho and Frank of Underhill

Offered by:  Senators Mullin, Carris, Maynard, Condos, Coppenrath, Flanagan, Kitchel, Lyons, Miller, Racine and Snelling

Whereas, since the founding of our nation, the role of women in American history has often been overlooked or at best marginalized, and

Whereas, by 1981, a sufficient interest in the subject had developed for Congress, under the bipartisan and bicameral leadership of Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic U.S. Representative Barbara Mikulski, to establish a national Women’s History Week, and, in 1987, Congress designated March as Women’s History Month, and

Whereas, Women’s History Month has served as a catalyst for celebrations and explorations of women’s historic role in American life, and

Whereas, in 2006, LEAD International, a Vermont-based organization with a strong interest in promoting the study of women’s history, established the Marion Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund Women’s History Month Contest, and

Whereas, the contest is named for Marion Gray, an original board member of LEAD International and a women’s history advocate, and

Whereas, this is an essay contest open to all Vermonters intending to enroll as first-year students in a postsecondary education program this coming fall, and

Whereas, the theme for the 2008 essays was Women’s Art: Women’s Vision, with the term “artist” broadly defined to include all genres of the creative arts, and

Whereas, the judges, consisting of both professional historians and community members, reviewed many excellent submissions before awarding the first-place prize and its accompanying $1,000.00 scholarship to Nora Fiore of Pawlet, a senior at the Long Trail School, who plans to attend Middlebury College, and her essay focused on operatic soprano Dolores “Dee” Tigue, who devotes her time to teaching and mentoring Nora and other students, and

Whereas, second place was awarded to Jordan Shepard of Hardwick, a senior at Hazen Union High School who plans to attend Daniel Webster College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and his essay examined Vermont artist Gloria Rowell’s career with both text and accompanying photographs, and

Whereas, third place was presented to Celine Graas of Jericho, a senior at Mount Mansfield Union High School, who plans to attend the Colorado School of Mines, and her essay was a study on art teacher and photography instructor Mary Jane Neale, and

Whereas, each of these students can be proud of their scholastic achievement, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2008 Marion Gray Women’s History Month Scholarship Contest winners, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to each of the three contest winners.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont