Essay Contest for Wisconsin High School Students


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 2017-18 School Year Contest, rules and deadlines can be found here.)

Four students win 2015-2016 Essay Contest

Four sons and daughters of union members won a total of $1,500 in awards in the Society’s Annual Labor History essay contest. The winners were:

First place (tie) ($500) to Noelle Hausen, 12th grade, Madison LaFollette HS
First place (tie) ($500) to Anne Motoviloff, 9th grade, Madison East HS
Second place ($300) to Austin Arenz, 12th grade at Sheboygan Falls HS
Third place ($200) to Martin Schwanebeck, 11th grade at Pittsville HS

(Read these inspiring winning essays.  Go to Spring 2016 Newsletter, Pages 2-6)


HATS OFF to these 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.

IBEW Local 14, Fall Creek

UAW Local 72, Kenosha

Western Wis. Building Trades, Eau Claire

IBEW Local 158, Green Bay

A. Philip Randolph Institute, Milwaukee

Boilermakers Local 107, Brookfield

Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 107, Wausau

Communications Workers Local 4603, Milwaukee

Fond du Lac County Labor Council, Fond du Lac

General Const. and Laborers, Local 330, Menasha

Glass. Molders, Pottery Workers Local 121-B, Neenah

Machinists Dist. Lodge 10, Milwaukee

IBEW Local 2304, Madison

Janesville Area School Dist. Local 1938, Janesville

Longshoreman’s Local 815, Milwaukee

Machinists Lodge 1377, Waukesha

Neenah United Education Association, Menasha

SMART Local 18, Waukesha

Steelworkers Local 1327, Ripon

Steelworkers Local 2-15, Rhinelander

Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 9, Oshkosh

Greater West Central Area Labor Council, Eau Claire

Machinists Lodge 1115, La Crosse

Machinists Lodge 2269, Loganville

Machinists Lodge 873, Horizon

Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 118, Kenosha

Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 434, Mosinee

Steelworkers Local 904L, Sun Prairie

Steelworkers Local 1207, Stoughton

UAW Local 833, Sheboygan

Steelworkers Local 2-232, Milwaukee

Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, La Crosse

Wood County and Vicinity Central Labor Council, Wisconsin Rapids

AFSCME Local 1914, Eau Claire