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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.

ESSAY REQUIREMENTS

Criteria

Essay Requirements

  • Evidence of comprehensive and accurate historical research
  • Utilization and consistent citation of at least 3 of the designated documents and 2 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.
  • Submitted through the MCHE Website – AVAILABLE January 2021

All entries become property of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and will not be returned. Applicants give the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education permission to reprint entries. Decisions of the judges are final.

Guidelines for Educators

  • MCHE encourages teachers to utilize this writing contest as a classroom exercise.
  • Sponsoring teachers are limited to submitting no more than 10 essays and 10 documentaries per age division.
  • Educators must submit their finalists names and certify their participation through 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 published deadline.
  • Finalists and their sponsoring teacher will be recognized at a reception in May.
  • All entries become property of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education and will not be returned.
  • Applicants give the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education permission to reprint entries.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
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