World Historian Student Essay Competition

The World Historian Student Essay Competition is an international competition open to students enrolled in grades K-12 in public, private, and parochial schools, and those in home-study programs. Membership in the World History Association is not a requirement for submission. Past winners may not compete in the same category again.

Dr. Mark Welter, recognizing the importance of encouraging young scholars, established this $500 annual prize. These awards are presented in conjunction with the World History Association. A one-year membership in the WHA will also be included with each prize.

Each competitor will submit an essay that addresses the issue:

“In what way has the study of world history affected my
understanding of the world in which I live?”

 The committee will judge papers according to the following criteria:

1) Clear thesis
2) Elaboration on the thesis with specific, concrete, personal example(s)
3) Evidence of critical-thinking, such as synthesis and evaluation, when reflecting on the essay question
4) Organization and fluency
5) Overall effectiveness of the student’s ability to communicate his/her personal connection with the study of world history. In other words, how well has the student described the experience of being changed by a better understanding of world history?

Submission Guidelines
Length: Submissions for the K-12 World Historian Award should be approximately 1,000 words.

Formatting: Number all pages except for the title page. All pages are to be double-spaced. Use 12 pt. Times New Roman Font. Margins are to be 1” left and right, and top and bottom.

Submissions must be composed in Microsoft Word.

The author’s identity is to appear nowhere on the paper.

A separate, unattached page should accompany the paper, identifying the author, title of paper, home address, telephone number, email address, and name of school.

Papers that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified.

Deadline
Entries must be emailed or postmarked by the annual deadline of May 1st

Winning papers will be announced in early September to early December.

The WHA reserves the right to publish in the World History Bulletin any essay (or portion thereof) submitted to the competition. It will do so solely at its discretion, but full acknowledgment of authorship will be given. If someone’s essay is published in whole or in part, the author will receive three (3) copies of the Bulletin.

To submit your materials by email:

Send the following materials as separate attachments in the same email (formatted in MS Word), with the subject line “World Historian Student Essay”:

  1. The paper
  2. A page with identifying information (author, title of paper, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, and name of school.)

 

Email to: SmithSusan@District279.org

To submit your material by mail:

Send five copies of the paper and five copies of the page with identifying information. In the lower left hand corner on the front of the envelope write: World Historian Student Essay

Mail to:
Susan Smith
Maple Grove Senior High
9800 Fernbrook Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369

World Historian Student Essay Competition Committee:

Susan Smith
Paul Richgruber

World Historian Award Guidelines (Printable PDF)

Past Winners

2017
Vivian Liu, International School of Beijing, Beijing, China
“History: Bread of the World”

2016
Vanessa Yan, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School, Bradenton, FL
“World History: The Great Macroscope”

2015
Rachel Hughes, Webber Academy, Calgary, Canada
“Fostering a Universal Understanding of World History is the Key to a Brighter Tomorrow”

2014
Campbell Munson, The Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX
“How History Has Affected My Worldview: Economies, Migration, Causality and Disease”

2013  
Jacob Cooper, North Oconee HIgh School, Bogart, GA
“World History: The Basis for Self-Determination, Democracy, and Religion,”

2012
Luke J. Hamilton, Sword Academy, Bridgeport, NE
“The Present-Living History”

2011  
David Kim, Wydown Middle School, St. Louis, MO
“History – The Shadow of the World”

2010  
Elizabeth Mello, Dartmouth High School, Dartmouth, MA
“Out of Many Threads, One Cloth”

About Dr. Mark Welter

Dr. Mark Welter began teaching world history in 1963. After instructing at the secondary level for seven years, he earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota. He then began teaching his self-authored world history course at St. Cloud State University. Today, he instructs world history and world religions courses for the University of Minnesota Senior Citizen Program.

Dr. Welter’s teaching is predicated upon the philosophy articulated by William H. McNeill that, “Teaching world history is a high and noble undertaking,” because only world history offers the sufficient dimensions of space and time to elicit needed awareness of the world we all share.”

 

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