History Contests

ohio war of 1812

Mrs. Rarrick, DC’s 7th and 8th grade History teacher, shared two contest opportunities!

State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Research Contest

The State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission announces a research contest open to any Ohio student ages 13 to 18 and in grades 7 through 12. The contest boasts $10,000 in cash prizes. The research project may take the form of an essay, a web site, a podcast, or a power point presentation.

“Our goal is for students to present historical narrative and interpretation in a compelling and informative manner,” said Dr. Peter Hahn, a commission member and chairman of the history department at

The Ohio State University, “Not only do we want them to conduct research for the contest, but we hope they share it with their classmates. We want all Ohio students to know the rich history of Ohio.” Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each grade category. First place winners will each receive $3,000, second place winners will receive $1,500, and third place winners will each take home $500. Contestants must not reveal their identities on the essay, power point, podcast or Web site. This is to ensure “blind review” by the judges. Projects will be judged on accuracy and clarity in presenting historical events, persons and places, quality of assessment of the issues raised in the prompts, understanding of the larger context surrounding the events being examined, and cogent style and creativity of the final product. The deadline for submission of entries is Jan. 31, 2014. An awards ceremony is planned for April 4, 2014. Click here for a complete list of rules and to enter the contest.

Ohio Secretary of State offers contest to encourage civic participation

The Secretary of State’s office is sponsoring a Public Service Announcement poster and video contest called School Your Parents. The PSA contest, currently ongoing through March 14, 2014, will engage young Ohioans to think about the importance of voting and remind registered voters to participate in elections. Winning entries will be used in a marketing effort for the 2014 General Election. More information on the contest, including guidelines and rules, can be found at by clicking here.

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