Essay Contest for Wisconsin High School Students

HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

All Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate in a High School Essay Contest conducted annually by the Wisconsin Labor History Society. The high school students are asked to write an essay of approximately 750 words on the following theme: “Unions have been important to my family and my community because …” and up to eight cash prizes are awarded for the best. The prizes will include one $500 first-place prize, one $300 second-place prize, one $200 third-place prize, and up to five $100 prizes for honorable mention. (Information about the 2018-19 School Year Contest, rules and deadlines can be found here.)

Four students win 2017-18 Essay Contest

Five sons and daughters of union members won a total of $1,400
in awards in the Society’s 2017-18 Labor History Essay Contest.
The winners were:

First place ($500) to Connor Drake, 12th grade, Oregon
HS, Oregon

Second place ($300) to Grace Parlier, 12th grade at Domin-
ican HS, Milwaukee

Third place ($200 each) to:

Jacob Theisen, 12th grade at Neenah HS, Neenah
Payton G. Malone, 12th grade at Menonomee Falls HS,
Menomonee Falls
Gabby Goode, 9th grade at The Prairie School, Racine

(Read these inspiring winning essays.  Go to Spring 2018 Newsletter, Pages 2-7)


PRIZES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THESE LOCAL UNIONS, LABOR COUNCILS

HATS OFF to the local unions and councils that made donations toward the Wisconsin Labor History Society’s Labor in the Schools Fund that provides the prize money for the essay winners and also the winners of National History Day competitions for exhibits that have a labor history theme.  See full list of donating locals, councils and individuals in the Spring 2018 newsletter of the Wisconsin Labor History Society.