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 2019-2020 School Year Contest, rules and deadlines can be found here.)
Four students win 2018-19 Essay Contest
Four children of union members won a total of $1,500
in awards in the Society’s 2018-19 Labor History Essay Contest.
The winners were:
First place ($500) to Alana Christen, 12th grade, Appleton West High School (tie)
First place ($500) to Josephine Mary Kunkle-Schoen, 10th grade, Madison East High School (tie)
Second place ($300) to Ella Jordahl, Madison
Third place ($200) to Malorie Olson, 12th grade, Holmen HS
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 2019 newsletter of the Wisconsin Labor History Society.