2013 ESSAY CONTEST:
Update: 2013 Winners Revealed!
This year we received more 1000 essays from 44 states and US schools in Germany, England and Italy in response to our question “How can people who disagree still work together for victory?” The essays were thoughtful and articulate. The writers did a wonderful job discussing how important compromise and consensus are to families, communities and government trying to work together for the greater good. We congratulate this year’s winners and look forward to next year’s submissions.
High School Winners:
1st Place: Rachel Lim, 11th Grade, Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, VA
2nd Place: Fletcher Dunham, 12th Grade, Boardman High School, Youngstown, OH
3rd Place: Ishan Mazumdar, 10th Grade, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, West Windsor, NJ
Middle School Winners
Fifth Grade: Jesse Forgione, Home School, Ocean Springs, MS
Sixth Grade: Robert Brown, Beers Street School, Hazlet, NJ
Seventh Grade: Thomas Wiaduck, Holly Academy, Holly, MI
Eighth Grade: Rachel Won, Creekside Enrichment, Cupertino, CA
This year, The National WWII Museum asks: How can people who disagree still work together for victory?
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.
For your essay, think about the United States today—both the country as a whole and your city, school and even your family. You will see differences of opinion on a variety of subjects—both small and large. Examine these differences along with our common goals to answer the question: How can people who disagree still work together to solve a problem? Use WWII as a starting point and base your essay in part on America’s involvement in WWII. But don’t stop in the past. Use specific examples from your own experiences that support your ideas. This is NOT a research paper. Your essay will be judged foremost for its originality, clarity of expression, and adherence to contest theme, as well as its historical accuracy, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The National WWII Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.
- High School Essay Contest: First place $1,000; second place $750; and third place $500. Winning essays will be posted on our website.
- Middle School Essay Contest: One first place winner from each grade will receive $250. Winning essays will be posted on our website.
Normandy Academy - D-Day: Stories of Service and Sacrifice
High school students, find out how to take a trip to France, go behind the lines at the Museum and prepare for college all at once. Space is limited.
The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!
The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.
Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.