Kenton Horsley

Kenton Horsley, a Social Studies teacher from Wurtland Middle School was chosen to attend
the 27th annual Lincoln Forum in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania as a teacher scholarship
recipient. One of three teachers selected from across the nation by a committee of the
organization, Mr. Horsley was awarded a full scholarship to attend the three-day event. The
symposium featured major historians, writers, and lecturers, along with panel discussions,
book signings, breakout sessions, and other activities November 16-18, 2022. The scholarship
included registration, lodging at the Wyndham Gateway Conference Center, all meals, and
The Lincoln Forum is an assembly of enthusiasts who share a deep interest in the life and
times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era. Through a roster of activities which included
symposia, tours, student essay competitions, teacher and student scholarships, as well as
annual awards to recognize special contributions to the field of Lincoln studies, the Forum
endeavors to enhance the understanding and preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln. This
year’s symposium focused on the theme: “Lincoln in the Civil War White House: The Politics
and Personalities of a Union Divided.” Following the annual Forum, attendees were
encouraged to attend the Annual Dedication Day at the Gettysburg National Cemetery, this
year marking the 159th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address.
“The Lincoln Forum Teacher Scholarship recognizes excellence in history education and
makes it possible for educators to expand their knowledge base in this field of study,” said
Harold Holzer, Chairman of the Forum. “We reward recipients with the opportunity to
interface with preeminent Civil War authorities, and in turn provide lecturers with the chance
to educate teachers.” At its core, the preservation of American history in general, and
Lincoln’s in particular, is a paramount object in The Lincoln Forum mission. “We consider it
a privilege to support the growth and development of our teacher base, who in turn will be
better prepared to inspire the next generation of students with Lincoln’s story.”
The Lincoln Forum Teacher Scholarship applications are reviewed by a committee selected
by the Forum Board of Advisors. This year’s committee members included Ken Childs, Esq.,
a South Carolina-based educational Attorney; Clark Zimmerman, a Pennsylvania high school
Social Studies educator, as well as a veteran of the U.S. Air Force; and Ruth Squillace,
Coordinator of The Lincoln Forum Teacher Scholarship Initiative and high school Social
Studies teacher from Long Island, New York. Lincoln Forum Teacher Scholarships are funded
by The Lincoln Forum Scholarship Fund.