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Announcing the 2012 Student Essay Contest Winners!

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This year we received more than 850 responses from high school students and more than 650 from middle school students in response to our question “What WWII invention or innovation has had the greatest impact on YOUR life?” Essays came from as far away as Germany, England, and Korea and as close as several miles away.

The writers did a wonderful job of illustrating how these innovations from 70 years ago impact their lives today. Topics included everything from penicillin and computers to SPAM and deodorant. We congratulate this year’s winners and look forward to next year’s contest.

High School Winners:

1st Place: Aaron Gaudette, 9th Grade, Ramstein High School, Ramstein AFB, Germany

2nd Place: Kallie Peterman, 11th Grade, North Montgomery High School, Crawfordsville, IN

3rd Place: Colton Lewis, 12th Grade, Savannah High School, Savannah, MO

Middle School Winners

Fifth Grade: William Baker, Menwith Hill Elementary, RAF Menwith Hill, England

Sixth Grade: Sabrina Rue, Rock Quarry Middle School, Tuscaloosa, AL

Seventh Grade: Hannah Park, Bret Harte Middle School, San Jose, CA

Eighth Grade: Josee Matela, Resurrection Catholic School, Cherry Hill, NJ


Read all the winning essays!

Posted by Laura Sparaco, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator at The National WWII Museum.

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