Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandela Essay Wins Young Columbus Contest Episcopal Junior Amanda Farmand Earns Ireland Trip

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mandela Essay Wins Young Columbus Contest Episcopal Junior Amanda Farmand Earns Ireland Trip

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An Episcopal High School junior will leave April 12 for a 10-day trip to Ireland, her prize for winning the Young Columbus essay contest co-sponsored by Parade magazine and The Florida Times-Union. First-place winner Amanda Farmand will travel with 150 other Young Columbus winners from across the country, all winners of the national essay contest for high school students. Her topic was on a 20th-century leader who changed the course of history, using references from the Times-Union.

Second-place winner Karen Kramer of Stanton College Preparatory School won a $75 U.S. savings bond. Tied for third place were Kristen Allen and Heather Roberti, both of Episcopal.

Nelson Mandela: A South African Dream

By Amanda Farmand Episcopal High School

One man was courageous enough to stand up against the masses. One man was strong enough to fight for what he believed. One man had enough vision to free an entire nation. Nelson Mandela was the man who led the resistance against the discriminatory apartheid government of the ruling National Party in South Africa. His unrelenting resolve to fight led to the party's demise and eventual overthrow. Mandela's efforts to free an unfairly and cruelly governed nation propelled him into the spotlight as one of the most influential world leaders of the 20th century.

Mandela began his career by joining the African National Congress in 1944. He quickly became one of the organization's leaders. The Congress used non-violent protests, boycotts and marches to display its anger and frustration toward the ruling party. However, after the massacre at Sharpeville in which many unarmed Africans were brutally killed by government police, Mandela turned to his last resort, violence. He created the military wing of the African National Congress, aptly named the "Spear of the Nation." This group committed acts of sabotage and formed conspiracies against the government. He later remarked about this organization, "Our men and women with vision choose peace rather than confrontation, except in cases where we cannot move forward. …

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