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Indian Lake student wins essay contest

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE An Indian Lake sixth-grader is the winner of the Adirondack Museum Hunting for a Name essay contest winner. The Adirondack guide has always been a part of the Adirondack Museum's logo. Throughout Adirondack history, guides have played an important role in leading visitors into the Adirondack wilderness. Guides taught outdoor skills, cooked, told stories and led hunting, fishing, and hiking trips through the backwoods. To celebrate the Adirondack Museum's 50th Anniversary in 2007, and the newly updated logo, the museum has sponsored an essay contest to give "their" guide a name and a historical identity. Students in grades 4th through 6th, who attend schools in the Adirondack Park were invited to participate. This contest gave students an opportunity to get involved in Adirondack history. The guide's name was to be justified with an essay based on research about Adirondack guides, as well as regional and family history. Students were encouraged not only to study the history of local guides, but to learn about their own family and community history. The students were also able to practice their personal interview skills, as well as their writing and research skills. Eighteen students submitted essays to the contest. Sydney Hinckley, a 6th grader from Indian Lake Central School, suggested the winning name "Adirondack Ab." Ab was the nickname of Albert Hall, who once worked at the Adirondack Museum. Albert was a native of Indian Lake, and a licensed hunting guide for over 35 years. Surprisingly, Ab was also the model for the guide statue that is located in the Boats and Boating exhibit at the Adirondack Museum! The museum guide will now be known as Adirondack Ab. Sydney will receive a $200 U.S. savings bond and a packbasket of Adirondack goodies for her entire class. A framed copy of Sydney's essay will be hung at the Adirondack Museum, and will also be published on the Adirondack Museum's Web site. The second place name is "Asa Payne," chosen by Morgan Payne, a 5th grader from Town of Webb School in Old Forge, N.Y. Morgan chose the name after her great, great grandfather. Morgan will receive a $100 U.S. savings bond and gifts for her class. A committee of impartial judges including members of the public and museum staff selected the winners. The students name and school were not revealed until the winners were announced. Essays were judged based on creativity and choice of the name, family/regional history, and research and writing skills. The museum would like to extend a special thank you to our judges for their participation. Certificates of participation will be mailed to the schools of all students who participated in the contest. Sydney and Morgan will be honored at a special recognition ceremony at the Adirondack Museum today. This presentation will begin at 11 a.m. as part of the 50th Anniversary Opening Weekend festivities.

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