Students may win $10,000 in prizes in 1812 research contest

Delphos Herald

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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COLUMBUS — The State of Ohio War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission announces a research contest open to any Ohio student ages 13-18 and in grades 7-12. The contest boasts $10,000 in cash prizes.

“We are very grateful to our sponsor, Medical Mutual of Ohio, for providing the funding for this contest,” said Joseph H. Zerbey IV, chairman of the commission.

The research project may take the form of an essay, a website, a podcast or a Powerpoint 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 each receive $1,500 and third-place winners will each take home $500.

Students in grades seven-nine should prepare submissions based on one of the following prompts:

1. How did Ohio’s geographic location, including its proximity to Lake Erie, shape its strategic importance to the U.S. war effort against Britain during the War of 1812?

2. What were the major causes of the formation of the British-Native American alliance in the old Northwest Territory? How important was the encroachment by U.S. farmers and pioneers upon Native American lands in the development of this alliance?

Students in grades 10-12 should prepare submissions based on one of the following prompts:

3. Analyze the military campaigns within Ohio during the War of 1812 or the military campaigns involving Ohio soldiers beyond the state’s borders. In either case, identify the strategic aims of the commanders of the U.S. troops and assess the reasons why their operations succeeded or failed.

4. Analyze the role of Native Americans in Ohio and contiguous states in the War of 1812 and the war’s impact on Native Americans in Ohio.

The contest is open to any Ohio student aged 13-18 and in grades 7-12 in public, private, charter, parochial or home school. The deadline for submission of all materials is Jan. 31, 2014.

Contestants must not reveal their identity on the essay, PowerPoint, podcast or website. 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.

For a complete list of rules and to enter the contest, students should visit

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