White Rose Student Essay Contest Finalists

The 2012-2013 White Rose Student Essay Contest finalists have been announced. You can see a full list and read the winning essays below. 

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. This year's contest asked students to 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.

8th-9th Grade Division Winners


1st Place -  Amanda Nguyen - Harmony Middle School

2nd Place - Kara Torgler - Harmony Middle School

3rd Place - Eric Karney - Lakewood Middle School

10th-12th Grade Division Winners


1st Place - Kenneth Berglund - Rockhurst High School

2nd Place - Shelby Wagner - Lee's Summit High School

3rd Place - Bridget O'Connor - Notre Dame de Sion High School

   
Amanda Nguyen from Harmony Middle
School reads her first place essay in the
8-9th place division.
Kenneth Berglund from Rockhurst High
School placed first in the 10-12th grade
division.



8th-9th Grade Finalists

Cooper Ashen - Harmony Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Ronda Hassig

Karen Barkema - Westridge Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Jennifer Jenkins

Kate Cosentino- Lakewood Middle School
Sponsoring Teacher: Amanda Schweiger

Joe Frommelt - Lakewood Middle School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Amanda Schweiger
Jenny Huang - Lakewood Middle School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Jennifer Tavernaro

Eric Karney - Lakewood Middle School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Erin Peavey

Amanda Nguyen - Harmony Middle School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Dan Blumeyer
Sydney Schmanke- Harmony Middle School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Michelle Sutton

Daniel Stucky - Heartland High School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Kay Barnes

Kara Torgler - Harmony Middle School 
Sponsoring Teacher - Michelle Sutton


10th-12th Grade Finalists

Kaylinn Baker - Heartland High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Kay Barnes
Kenneth Berglund - Rockhurst High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Elmore

Lora Clark - Heartland High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Kay Barnes

Lindy Dimsdale - Heartland High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Kay Barnes

Savannah Gentry - Lee's Summit High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Bobal
Bridget O'Connor - Notre Dame de Sion High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Dennis Conaghan

Wes Orth - Lee's Summit High School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Bobal

Luke Parton - Lee's Summit High School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Bobal

Megan Sheeder - Lee's Summit High School 
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Bobal

Shelby Wagner - Lee's Summit High School
Sponsoring Teacher: Christopher Bobal


Quotes from the White Rose Essay Finalists


Sponsors for MCHE's 2012-2013 White Rose Student Essay Contest are the Gould Charitable Foundation and individual members of MCHE's White Rose Society.