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Class of 2021  Ruggles Competition Finalists
Class of 2021 Ruggles Competition Finalists
Cooperstown Central School District
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Thursday, February 11, 2021 (Cooperstown, NY) - CCS Ruggles Competition finalists from the Class of 2021 had the opportunity today to recite their individual essays in CCS Sterling Auditorium for fellow finalists and a panel of jurors. A complete recording of the finalist competition will be presented in all CCS Jr./Sr. High School classes after the Winter Break.  Winner of the Class of 2021 Ruggles competition is Reilly Mooney and 2nd Place was awarded to Jennifer Burch.  Other finalists include:  Gareth Austin, Maria Miller, Joey Bertram, Chris Criqui, Phoebe Jones, Spencer Lewis, Abby Miller, Hailey Miller-Gray, Lindsey Trosset, Mason Raffo, Faith Logue, and Will Weldon.  Many thanks to CCS English Teacher Rebecca Burk-Sciallo for her tireless efforts to maintain the 140 year old tradition at CCS in the wake of moving to remote learning last spring due to Covid-19 restrictions. We look forward to the Class of 2022 competition slated for later this spring. The following passage is read by the CCS Principal prior to each Ruggles Finalist competition and provides background to the competition. William H. Ruggles died February 9. 1874. His obituary appeared in the February 12, 1874 issue of the Freeman’s Journal. The following paragraph gives us a glance into the character of the man who is the reason we have this competition today. Many of the young men among us – others scattered over the vast West- received at least a portion of their education at the hand of Mr. R., who was an efficient and painstaking Teacher. He loved the Common School with ardent devotion, and for many years until the day of his death strove for its elevation and improvement.  He would put aside business almost any time to attend a Teachers’ Institute, a Convention of Common School Teachers, or the dedication of a new school house – and it was with a desire to do some good in a cause in which he had so much heart. Most of all, very naturally, he felt a great interest in the progress and success of the Union School of Cooperstown, and worked zealously and efficiently in its behalf. He was first a Trustee of this School District for many years, and then from its organization a member of the Board of Education. The first recorded Ruggles contest was found in the Freeman’s Journal dating back to July 3, 1879, which identifies The Ruggles Memorial Rhetorical Prize being established in 1877 with the winners receiving $7 each.  Every junior writes a 600 to 800 word essay.  Each written work is judged in two parts.  Part I of the judging covers the originality of the content, written work, grammar, and vivid and musical choice of language.  Part II of the judging covers the oral interpretation of each student’s work.