Essay Requirements

The White Rose Student Research Contest accepts essays and documentaries from students in grades 8-12.

The following criteria apply to those students’ submitting essays to the contest.

CRITERIA

  • Evidence of comprehensive and accurate historical research
  • Utilization and consistent citation of at least three of the designated documents and two additional resources
  • Adherence to theme, demonstrating substantial supporting detail
  • Proper citations – all citation styles are accepted, but citations must be consistent
  • Essays must be free of plagiarism.
  • Works Cited – Only sources cited in the body of the paper should appear on the Works Cited.
  • Maximum of 1200 words.
  • Essay must be submitted by email to Megan Ferenczy, Director of Education mferenczy@vaholocaust.org

 

GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATORS

  • The Virginia Holocaust Museum encourages teachers to utilize this writing contest as a classroom exercise.
  • Educators must submit their finalists’ names and certify their participation through the entry form.
  • Each essay should reflect the student’s own work, guided, and reviewed, but not edited in detail by the sponsoring teacher.
  • Entries must be submitted by the contest deadline.
  • Finalists and their sponsoring teacher will be recognized at the Museum’s Yom HaShoah program.
  • All entries become property of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and will not be returned.
  • Applicants give the Virginia Holocaust Museum permission to reprint entries.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

Deadline:

March 31, 2023

All entries become the property of the Virginia Holocaust Museum and will not be returned. Applicants give the Virginia Holocaust Museum permission to reprint entries. The decisions of the judges are final.

 

How to Submit:

The essay must be submitted by email to Megan Ferenczy, Director of Education mferenczy@vaholocaust.org

Questions:

Please email Megan Ferenczy, Director of Education mferenczy@vaholocaust.org.

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