2016-17 High School Essay Contest

WISCONSIN LABOR HISTORY SOCIETY: Preserving and promoting the study of worker history

High School Students!  Win Prizes  In Labor History Essay Contest

The Wisconsin Labor History Society announces its Essay Contest for the 2016-2017 School Year for Wisconsin high school students (Grades 9-12). Win cash prizes up to $500. Write essays of about 750 words on the topic:   “Unions have been important to my family and my community because . . .” Students are urged to interview family members, neighbors, friends or others for their stories about work and unions.  Teachers are urged to assist students in their efforts.   Up to eight students could win cash prizes:  First place, $500; second place $300; third place: $200; honorable mention (up to five) $100.

Rules: Essays should be approximately 750 words in length. They will be judged on understanding, evidence of original research, writing style and significance. Essays must be typed, double-spaced, on white paper. Two copies must be submitted (One may be a photocopy.) Please be sure to provide the following information on the cover sheet: Your name, address, home telephone number, your email address, your grade in school, name and address of your school, and, if you were encouraged or assisted by a teacher, the teacher’s name. (Also, list your family’s union membership, if applicable.) If you have any questions, contact: Harvey J. Kaye (920-465-2355 or kayeh@uwgb.edu.

Submissions must be postmarked Feb. 15, 2017 or before.  Send completed essays to:  Prof. Harvey J. Kaye, Center for History and Social Change University of Wisconsin—Green Bay, Green Bay WI 54311.