And the Winniners Are .... Mayor Christiansen Announces Essay Winners

We are delighted to share the news of the contest winners for the Mayor’s Essay Contest for Annie Jump Cannon’s Birthday

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Theme: Annie Jump Cannon, Astronomer: defying limitations and paving the way for women in science

Dover, Delaware - Mayor Robin R. Christiansen, in conjunction with the Friends of Old Dover, would like to congratulate the winners of the Mayor’s inaugural Essay Contest celebrating the life and work of one of Dover’s most famous residents: Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941). Classifying more than 300,000 stars while she worked at Harvard, she became known as the “Census Taker of the Sky,” and her classification system is still used in the field of astronomy today. The Mayor would also like to congratulate all students who entered the contest and thank teachers, parents, and administrators for their support.

 The winners, selected by Head Judge Kari Ann Ebert, are:

·         4th-5th grade division:    Patrick Devine (4th grade, Hartly Elementary School)

·         6th-8th grade division:    Natalie Lewis (7th grade, Stonegate Academy)

·         9th -12th grade division: Alyssa Wilson (12th grade, Caesar Rodney High School)

·         4th -12th grade honorable mention: Noel Kim (6th grade, Fred Fifer III Middle School)

Winners will have the opportunity to read their winning essays at an awards ceremony on Saturday, December 8th from 9:30-11:00 a.m. but arrive by 9:00am for a photo op at the Old State House (25 the Green, Dover). They will receive their awards, and any student who submitted an essay will receive a certificate from the Mayor. Short remarks will also be given by visiting New York Times best-selling author Dava Sobel who wrote The Glass Universe about Annie and her associates. This event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the awards ceremony, several events have been scheduled to celebrate Annie Jump Cannon’s birthday. To learn more and download a printable schedule of the events (partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum), visit the program website at or contact Project Director Taylor Collins at 302.674.1787.