White Rose Student Essay Contest
The 2012-2013 White Rose Essay Contest finalists and winners have been announced. To read the winning essays
The Midwest Center for Holocaust Education is pleased to announce its eighteenth annual White Rose Student Essay Contest, open to 8th through 12th grade students in the 18 county Greater Kansas City area
. This year's contest commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Nazi rise to power and is designed to address the new Common Core education standards. Please click on each of the following, as some of the contest procedures have changed.
Flight from the Reich: The Search for Safe Havens
From 1933 to 1939, Nazi policy toward the Jews focused on separating them from non-Jews and persecuting them in an attempt to force their emigration from Germany, and later, from Austria and Czechoslovakia when those countries became part of the Reich. Many methods were used to implement this policy, including passing restrictive laws, and later, organized violence.
Using at least 3
of the documents provided below, plus a minimum of two outside resources
(at least one of which must be a non-digital print source), prepare an essay that addresses all parts of the following topic:
Analyze the conditions
experienced by Jews living in the Reich during the 1930s and explore
what choices were open to them as potential emigrants. Explain the
reasons for and obstacles to emigration as they were experienced by one
Jewish family or individual during this time.
As a result of
your research, what single action can you take now to demonstrate what
learning about the Holocaust means to you?
You must base your research on at least three of the following documents:
IMPORTANT LINKS AND TEACHING TOOLS
POSTMARK DEADLINE: THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013
Please refer to EACH
of these links for important details:
Each contestant is limited to one entry per year. Previous winners may enter again. Essays will be evaluated on historical accuracy, development of content and theme, original expression, grammar, and mechanics.
- Evidence of comprehensive and accurate historical research
- Utilization and and consistent citation of at least 3 of the designated documents and 2 additional resources
- Adherence to theme, demonstrating substantial supporting detail
- Reflect historical research
- Research section to be written in third person narrative
- Reflects personal insight, interpretation, and unique writing style with minimal direct quotes
- Synthesis of information gathered from a variety of both print and digital sources
- Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation - be especially careful to use the terms 'emigration' and 'immigration' correctly
- Completed entry form, including authentic, original signatures where indicated
- Proper citations - all citation styles are accepted, but citations must be consistent
- Works Cited - reflecting a variety of both print and digital sources. Whole books found online are considered digital sources.
- Typed double-spaced on 8.5” x 11” plain white paper and size 12 font. Use only one side of the paper.
- Maximum of 1200 words. All words in the body of the essay except internal citations are counted in the total.
- Essays must be free of plagiarism. Those with passages copied directly from other sources, without proper citations, or containing vast amounts of quoted or minimally paraphrased material are subject to disqualification.
- One cover sheet with the student's name, school and teacher's name
- Five copies of essay, each stapled in the upper left corner. To ensure blind judging, the student’s name should NOT appear on the pages of the essay.
- Electronic copy of essay, cover sheet, and Works Cited --- submitted as ONE document --- in Microsoft Word format. Students may submit on an individual disc/drive labeled with student’s name, school, and teacher’s name OR teacher may submit one disk/drive with all student submissions saved as separate documents titled by students' names.
GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATORS
- Entries are limited to 1,200 words. This includes the body of the paper only. It does not include the cover sheet, title, footnotes, or Works Cited. Papers exceeding this limit, even by one word, will be disqualified. Students should use the “Word Count” function on their computers. We will.
- MCHE encourages teachers to utilize this writing contest as a classroom exercise. To ensure that each essay receives the full attention of our judges, however, sponsoring teachers are limited to submitting no more than 10 essays per division.
- Each essay should reflect the student’s own work, guided and reviewed, but not edited in detail by the sponsoring teacher. Teachers should take care in attesting to compliance with contest requirements. A completed entry form with authentic, original (not photocopied) signatures must accompany each essay.
- We strongly recommend that students link to reliable web sites through www.mchekc.org and visit MCHE’s Resource Center, which houses nearly 3,000 titles available for free loan. Hours are 8:30 until 5:00, Monday through Friday and until 7 PM on Wednesdays when school is in session.
- Plagiarism results in disqualification.
- Entries must be postmarked NO LATER THAN Thursday, April 4, 2013, or delivered in person to the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education office by 5:00 PM that day. Essays postmarked after the deadline, those brought to MCHE after the designated time, or essays sent by fax or e-mail will not qualify for judging.
- Up to 10 finalists in each division will be recognized at a reception in May.
Kansas: Atchison, Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Shawnee, Wyandotte
Missouri: Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Platte, Ray
Major funding for the 2012-2013 White Rose Student Essay Contest is provided by the Gould Charitable Foundation
Contest co-sponsors: MCHE's White Rose Chai Society
Herb and Bonnie Buchbinder
Lawrence and Donna Gould Cohen
Paul and Katherine DeBruce
- Sandi and Ed Fried
- Regina and Bill Kort
Morton and Estelle Sosland
Michael Weindling and Particia Hurley
Additional support is provided by MCHE's White Rose Society Patrons and Benefactors
Contact Jessica Rockhold at 913-327-8195.
Members of the White Rose, Munich 1942.
From left: Hans Scholl, his sister Sophie Scholl, and Christoph Probst.
|The contest is named in memory of Hans and Sophie Scholl, German
university students who, along with several friends and their professor,
were arrested and executed for distributing leaflets denouncing the
evils of the Nazi regime. The project commemorates the heroic efforts of
these brave young people, members of the White Rose, who gave their
lives for the causes of understanding, tolerance, and freedom. May their
memories inspire us to reflect upon our own responsibilities as
citizens in a democratic nation.