At the beginning of the year we held our annual scholarship contest. In total, 325 undergraduate students entered the contest by answering at least 50 questions, which were judged for quality and accuracy. Among the applicants, the following 13 were crowned the winners:
Here’s a great answer from our first place winner, Etphoneh0me:
The Liberty Bell was ordered in 1751 to commemorate William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges, which had been passed 50 years earlier. It was cast in 1752 in London and commissioned as the bell for the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall). The Liberty Bell represented the freedoms valued by the Pennsylvania colony. Its founder, William Penn, showed unique free thinking with his novel ideas on religious freedom, Native American rights, and citizen participation in government.
The bell’s first crack appeared during the test ringing. It was recast with more copper to make the metal alloy stronger. The bell cracked again when it was rang during John Marshall’s funeral in 1835. The Liberty Bell rang its last note in 1846 to honor George Washington’s birthday. After the bell was rung on Washington’s birthday, there appeared a distinct jagged line that prevented the bell from ever being rung again.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone for participating! Our next scholarship contest will be held in January 2012. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate courses in the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible. Stay tuned for more information in January.