Lutz named first-place winner

Published 1:49 pm Thursday, June 2, 2016

Henry Lutz, of Prince Edward County, has received a $2,000 scholarship from the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program.

The Virginia Department of Education announced the program in October for the 2015-16 school year.

The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia’s most outstanding military figures, Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

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Lutz chose to write an analysis of Lee’s battle strategy and how it compared to others at the time and how it influenced modern combat tactics. Winners were announced on May 16, and Lutz was chosen to receive one of the nine first-place scholarships for his essay. The $2,000 award will be managed by the college or university that Henry chooses to attend in Fall 2017.

Henry is the son of Dr. Consuelo Alvarez and Dr. Gary Lutz of Farmville.

Eighteen scholarships were awarded to Virginia high school juniors and seniors who submitted outstanding and original analytical essays on some aspect, positive or negative, of the career, character, or legacy of Lee and/or Jackson.

A $2,000 Scholarship award was granted to the first-place essay, and a $1,000 Scholarship award was granted to the second-place essay in each of nine regions within Virginia. An additional $8,000 Scholarship award was granted to the essay judged to be the most outstanding in the state.

Students in Prince Edward teacher Rachel Overstreet’s AP English class at Prince Edward County High School were given an assignment in January to write an essay following the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program’s guidelines.