2014 HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST:
The National WWII Museum asks "How did you plan to achieve success in the face of the unknown?"
On June 6, 2014 the world will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion to liberate Europe from Nazi rule. To commemorate the importance of this event, The National WWII Museum asks you to think about a time in your life where you have had to make important plans for success in spite of uncertainty.
For your essay, think about a time when you’ve had to plan for something important in your future. How did you plan to achieve success in the face of the unknown? How did you handle any challenges to reach your goal? How does your story connect to those of other people, past and present, who have had to face and overcome tremendous odds to obtain their goal? 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. Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.
First place: $1,000
Second place: $750
Third place: $500
Winning essays will be posted on The National WWII Museum’s website. The top 50 essayists will receive honorable mention on our web site.
Rules and Formatting Guidelines
- Contest is open to all high school students in the United States, United States Territories, and military bases.
- Your essay must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.
- All essays should:
- be double spaced
- have 1 inch margins
- include page numbers
- include an essay title
- be typed in 12 point font
- be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format.
- Submissions must be submitted via the website by March 28, 2014, 5:00pm Central Time.
- Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only. The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.
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.