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The 2014 Essay Contest

The 2014 Essay Contest has ended, and The National WWII Museum is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up for the 2014 Essay Contest! This year, we received over 2,500 essays from 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as entries from US Territories like Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands, and US military bases from across the world. The Education Department at the Museum enjoyed reading your thoughtful and often poignant responses to the 2014 prompt: "How did you plan to achieve success in the face of the unknown?"

With so many great essays, it was difficult to choose a winner. However, we are happy to share our winning selections and runners-up with you below. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions for the 2014 essay contest, and thank you to everyone who participated!

We hope you will join us next year when we announce the 2015 Essay Contest prompt in January 2015!

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2014 Winners

High School Winners:

First Place: Margot Brose, NorthStar Academy, Southaven, MS
Second Place: Seung Hwan An, The Taft School, Watertown, CT
Third Place: Emily Hess, Elizabethtown Area High School, Elizabethtown, PA

Honorable Mentions

Middle School Winners:

Fifth Grade: Katie Sproles, Lipsey Middle School, Brookhaven, MS
Sixth Grade: Ethan Yan, The Nueva School, Hillsborough, CA
Seventh Grade: Brian Lee, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Cupertino, CA
Eighth Grade: Robert Yampanis, Norwell Middle School, Norwell, MA

Honorable Mentions

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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

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.

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