Gabriel Margaca

Gabriel Margaca: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History National Essay Contest Winner!!!

Everyone, please congratulate Gabriel Margaca (a sophomore) for winning the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Age of Revolution Essay Contest!!! This year the Institute received over 150 essays from across the country from some of our nation’s most prestigious high schools. Through months of hard work learning to research and write college level essays, Gabriel completed “Religion’s Evolving Influence on the American Colonies.” In an extraordinary 20 page essay, Gabriel chose to focus on Quakers who traditionally advocate for peaceful resolutions and non-violence, yet abandoned pacifism to fight for the American revolutionary cause against what they believed to be British tyranny.

Upon being told that he won a $1,000 cash prize for his research, and $500 for East Side High School, Gabriel emotionally replied that he couldn’t wait to tell his mom and give her the $1000 check– because it was more than his mother earned in a month. His quiet response spoke volumes about his character and truly made me proud to be his teacher.

Gabriel is a first generation Portuguese-American who was born here in Newark and lives with his mother and grandmother. He says they motivate him to do his best, in order to create a better life for his family in the future. Gabriel truly strives to do everything with excellence. He willingly takes honors courses, is passionate about history and politics, pushes himself to get good grades, and actively seeks advice from his teachers on how to grow and improve his skills.

I am truly grateful to be part of East Side, where educators support each other and continuously raise the bar with the belief that no one rises to low expectations. Cheers!