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Announcing Our 2013 Student Essay Contest Theme!

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Every year The National WWII Museum offers an essay contest to middle and high school students. This essay contest gives students an opportunity to both creatively explore the meaning and legacy of WWII and to win money! Our theme this year focuses on the importance of people working together, despite their differences, for the greater good.

In order to fight—and ultimately win—WWII, the United States allied itself with countries it had political, economic and strategic disagreements with—both small and large. On the Home Front disagreements existed between politicians of different parties, between workers and factory owners and between racial groups. Most times (but not always) we were able to put aside these differences for the greater good. Differences of opinion still exist today in the United States- in both the country as a whole, in cities, schools and within families. This year we ask students to examine these differences along with our common goals to answer the question, “How can people who disagree still work together for victory?”

High school students have the chance to win as much as $1,000. Middle school students can win $250. Student essays should not be research papers. Essays will be evaluated primarily for their originality, clarity of expression and adherence to contest theme, as well as their historical accuracy, grammar, spelling and punctuation.  WWII museum staff will read and evaluate entries. Winning essays will be posted on the Museum’s website. More information about contest rules and deadlines is available on our web site.

Posted by Laura Sparaco, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator.

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