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Only 3 More Weeks to Enter Student Essay Contest!

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This year we’re asking students to think about the importance of people working together despite their differences for the greater good, and to then answer the question “How can people who disagree work together for victory?” This question has generated hundreds of wonderful and thoughtful essays from students across the country. The deadline for essay submissions is fast approaching and we encourage interested students to enter before March 29th.

For the essay, students should think about the United States today—both the country as a whole and their city, school and even their family. People throughout the country have differences of opinion on a variety of subjects—both small and large. Students should examine these differences along with our common goals to answer the question: How can people who disagree still work together to solve a problem? WWII should be used as a starting point and the essay should be based in part on America’s involvement in WWII. But we don’t want writers to stop in the past- students should include specific examples from their own experiences that support their ideas.

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. Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.

View more information about contest rules and deadlines.

Posted by Laura Sparaco, K-12 Curriculum Coordinator.

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