OSWEGO – Four SUNY Oswego students competed for top prize in the student competition at the Oswego International War of 1812 Symposium.
Junior Dereck Eddards won the contest with his paper and presentation, “A Survey of Soldiers: Who Served during the Battle of Oswego in 1814?”
Eddards faced strong competition from his fellow Lakers.
Junior Alexis Ferrare presented “The Deaths and Illnesses of the War of 1812;” Kyle Henry, also a junior, discussed “Cantonment Greenbush;” and senior Jennifer Santorelli offered her perspective on “The Political Landscape during the War of 1812: The Hartford Convention.”
Each of the candidates received free admission to the symposium, certificates, gift bags, autographed books from the judges, and cash prizes.
An international jury of renowned historians decided the winning presentation.
They included Dr. Richard Barbuto from the Department of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; naval historian Dr. Gary Gibson; author and consultant Dianne Graves; Donald Graves, one of Canada’s foremost experts on the War of 1812; and Dr. Richard Weyhing, assistant professor of history at SUNY Oswego.
Eddards is majoring in history and minoring in political science.
He plans to pursue his master’s degree in military history and earn his Ph.D. before serving in the Foreign Service for the U.S. Department of State.
Currently, he is working as an intern at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego.
The student competition was sponsored by Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, J.R. Comerford and Son Heating and Plumbing, and Raby’s Ace Home Center.
Other symposium supporters included The Port of Oswego Authority, who generously sponsored the luncheon on Saturday, as well as Friends of Fort Ontario, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Alliance, Oswego County Tourism Advisory Council, Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, New York State Archives Partnership Trust; Pathfinder Bank; Man in the Moon Candies; JP Jewelers, Oswego Elks Lodge #271, SUNY Oswego, Ensign Heritage Group, the Palladium-Times, Oswego County Today, city of Oswego, and the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
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