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Essay on War of 1812 Era U.S. Naval Ships Makes the Cut for Concord Review

Concord Review to publish senior Shane Rockett's paper in its Winter Issue.

Senior Shane Rockett’s essay, “Superfrigates: How the Infant United States Navy Won a Streak of Frigate Duels against the British in the War of 1812” will be published in the Winter Issue of The Concord Review. The journal publishes approximately 5% of the papers it receives and is issued quarterly. 
 
Shane said he’s always been passionate about history, and the U.S. Navy in particular. Last summer, when he read The Naval War of 1812 by Theodore Roosevelt he was inspired to write the paper on a specific class of ship in the War of 1812. When asked about his rationale for submitting an essay to the prestigious journal, Shane said, "Why not?” adding that “I had been ironing out every detail and, with the help of Mr. Smith, I was able to create a paper worthy of the Concord Review. The fact that Mr. Smith gave me the green light to submit to the Concord Review made me confident I would make the cut.”
 
Upon receiving the news by email with the brief subject line “Winter Issue” from Concord Review publisher Will Fitzhugh, Shane said, “I definitely believed I had a shot, but actually hearing that I had made it into the Concord Review was unreal. Mr. Smith and I made a scene in the Melvoin Commons when we got the news!”
 
“The paper itself is beautifully written,” said faculty member and Dean of Studies Eric Smith. “Shane differentiated himself with his intricate and exciting descriptions of the battles.” About the process, Smith said Shane's work on the essay was a labor of love. “He began the research process in December and remained committed to it up through the due date in May and into June when he submitted the essay.” His great strength as a writer is his investment in the drafting process, added Smith. “I would read a portion of his essay and provide him with feedback. By the end of the day, he had revised that section and resubmitted it for my approval.”
 
Belmont Hill students who have been published by the Concord Review include:
  • Matt Weinstein ’11 - "The Political Tipping Point: How the Kennedy Family Defeated the Lodges in the 1952 United States Senate Election in Massachusetts," Winter 2010 Issue
  • George Holderness ’14 - "Immancipate the Mind: Literature's Influence on Abraham Lincoln," Winter 2013 Issue
  • Jeremy Welborn ’14 - “Shadow of the Soviet: How Boston Came to be Viewed as a Bolshevik ‘Station’ in the Police Strike of 1919,” Summer 2014 Issue
 
About the Concord Review
With the tagline of “Varsity Academics” Concord Review founder and publisher Will Fitzhugh’s goal is to elevate writing to receive recognition as applied to high school athletics. The Concord Review, Inc., was founded in 1987 to recognize and to publish exemplary history essays by high school students in the English-speaking world. With the 2018 Fall Issue (#118), 1,196 research papers (average 7,500 words) have been published from authors in 45 states and 40 other countries. The Concord Review remains the only quarterly journal to publish the academic history papers of secondary students. The basic essay requirements include: must be written in English, suggested length is 4,000-6,000 words, subject may be on any historical topic, ancient or modern, domestic or foreign, and must be submitted electronically. The founder offers this one guideline: "When in doubt, send it in." Learn more at tcr.org
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