EDMOND—Imperial Academy high school senior Caleb Heerma won the state level of the 2016–2017 George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in March and went on to win third in the nation in May for his essay, “James Monroe: The Last Cocked Hat.” The contest is sponsored by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
Contest entries focus on “an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence or the framing of the United States Constitution.” Heerma decided to write about James Monroe, who had more than 50 years of political and military experience before being elected as the fifth president of the United States in 1817.
“He’s done a lot of amazing things for the country,” Heerma said. “He’s, I think in some ways, probably the most qualified person to hold the office of president.”
In his 1,200-word essay, Heerma highlighted a few aspects of Monroe’s life, including the fact that he was the closest president to being elected unanimously other than George Washington and how the Monroe Doctrine shaped American foreign policy.
The chairman of the Oklahoma Sons of the American Revolution notified Heerma of his state award on March 6; he received a medal and a $200 cash prize. The national essay contest chairman for the Sons of the American Revolution selected his essay as the third-place finisher nationally, and Heerma received his award, including a $1,000 cash prize, on May 8.
The Sons of the American Revolution holds its essay contest annually to give young people the incentive to delve into the study of American history. The contest is open to international high school students as well as American high school students.
Essay about The Role of the Church in the Renaissance
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The Christian Church was absolutely instrumental in the art of the Renaissance. It was the driving force behind every inspiration; without the Church, there would have been no art. The Church was the only institution powerful enough to be able to support the commissions of all of the artwork, and it was the only institution, in which people had enough faith and devotion to spend so much of their time and money creating pieces that—although beautiful—were not necessities. The role of religion in art actually began during the Byzantine era. During this time, all artwork was religious in nature, and most of it was done in a consistently similar style so that figures from the Bible could be easily recognized by everyone and so that people…show more content…
With so many diseases and such a high rate of death during the Renaissance, most people were superstitious and feared the wrath of God. As such, they devoted much of their time and money to Him, partly as honest methods of worship and partly as guarantees of salvation. Most large-scale architecture and paintings were religious in nature. Three religious works of art of this time period that best reflect the role of the Church are Giotto’s Arena Chapel, Duccio’s Maestà, and Masaccio’s Trinity. Giotto is considered the first artist to be fully immersed in the Renaissance, and the man who truly brought the Renaissance to Florence. He learned from the skills and progress of the artists before him and took their work one step further. By this time, artists were viewed as skilled workers in society, whereas before they had been seen more as craftsmen. It was recognized that creative and intellectual skill were needed to create art, and artists became more educated, prosperous, and prominent in society, and this increased respect allowed the artists to develop their skills further and take greater pride in their work. One of Giotto’s most extensive projects was the Arena Chapel in Padua, which was a series of frescoes lining the walls and ceiling of the chapel. He worked on this for five years, from 1305 to 1310. Giotto was commissioned to paint this chapel by Scrovegni,