The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

April 30, 2013

'Priestley's Legacy' essay wins Hershey History Contest


The Daily Item

— NORTHUMBERLAND - An essay about a stroll through Northumberland with Dr. Joseph Priestly won Marley Kinsey the Hershey Story’s History Contest.

Kinsey, who lives in Middletown, has long ties to Northumberland, and that led to her writing “Priestley’s Legacy,” which won the Junior Fiction title, ahead of more than 500 other entries.

In the essay, Kinsey writes of nodding off for a nap while looking at a print of the Joseph Priestley House. When she “wakes up” she is standing at the entrance of the Priestley House. When she goes inside, she sees, to her surprise, Joseph Priestley standing there.

The two proceed two walk the streets of Northumberland, going to the Priestley Chapel, then to Joseph Priestley Elementary school, “where my great-grandfather (Paul Roush) had been a teacher and principal for many years.”

Their final stop in “Norry, as the locals call it,” is the Riverview Cemetery, to place flowers on her great-grandfather’s (Marlin “Fink” Rosencrans’) grave.

For winning the essay contest, Kinsey won $100, a personalized plaque, a family membership to the museum, Hershey’s chocolate and two HersheyPark tickets.