For Immediate Release: October 30, 1997
Contacts: Larry Hackman
816-268-8200
Truman Library and Museum

Julie Goldsborough
or Dean Davison
816-842-1500
Barkley & Evergreen Public Relations

ROCKHURST COLLEGE, LEE'S SUMMIT NORTH STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS IN ESSAY CONTEST

(Independence, Mo) -- Jennifer Jedlicka of Rockhurst College and Erica Peterson of Lee's Summit North High School took top honors for their essays on the Marshall Plan in a recent essay contest sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Library and the International Relations Council of Kansas City.

The essay contest was offered in conjunction with the internationally recognized Marshall Plan Conference held in Kansas City on October 17 & 18, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Jedlicka, a junior industrial relations major at Rockhurst College, was awarded top prize in the college division. She is from Raytown, Mo.

Peterson, a senior at Lee's Summit North High School received first prize in the high school division for her essay entitled, "The Historical Impact of the Marshall Plan and its Legacy for the Future." "It was tough judging because there were many excellent entries," said Mark Adams, Education Coordinator for the Harry S. Truman Library. "We were delighted to see that so many students took advantage of the 'Project Whistlestop' Web site to access original documents from the Truman Library. Students were asked to submit a 1500-word essay and entries were judged based on quality of research, clarity of thought, grammatical expression and historical quality.

Jedlicka and Peterson were awarded $100 for their first prize essays, plus full scholarships to attend the Marshall Plan Conference. They received their awards at the conference opening ceremony on Friday, Oct. 17 at the Harry S. Truman Library.

For more information on Lee's Summit North High School, please contact Janice Phelan at (816) 524-3368. For Rockhurst College, please contact Joe Whitehead at (816) 501-4000. For information about the Harry S. Truman Library or the International Relations Council of Kansas City, please contact Michelle Manuel at (816) 842-1500.

The Truman Library and Museum is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware in Independence, Mo. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a. m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6 to 18, and free for children 5 years and under.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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