This historical writing competition is open to high school students (grades 9-12) from: Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma Counties and the RE-10J Briggsdale, RE-11J New Raymer, and Pawnee RE-12 Grover school districts in Weld County.
All aspects of the contest will be managed by the History Contest Committee, which shall be comprised of at least three community members. Art or History Contest Judges will include three individuals from northeast Colorado with expertise in their field. Art or History Contest Judges may concurrently serve as members of the History Contest Committee.
Participation in the History Contest requires that students submit a written thesis on local history as specified in the contest rules below. Thesis topics are limited to an individual, group of individuals, historic place, or an event affecting and occurring within the geographical area of Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma Counties in northeast Colorado. A teacher(s) at each school will serve as sponsor(s) to review all entries and select the top ten. No more than ten entries per school may be submitted to the History Contest, and no more than ten cover designs to the Art Contest. Home schooled students are also eligible for either or both contests but must submit their entries to the History Contest Committee two weeks in advance of the entry deadline. The top ten home-schooled student entries in each competition will be selected by this committee for submission to the History Contest Judges.
All entries submitted for final judging will be included in a bound book. Copies of this book will be given to each entrant, their school library and the Sterling Overland Trail Museum.
In May of each year, all contest participants and their teacher sponsor(s) will be invited to attend an award ceremony followed by a tour of the Overland Trail Museum. The winner of the Nell Propst Northeast Colorado History Competition and the winner of the Art competition will be announced at the luncheon. The First Place Essay Contest winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, Second Place Essay student will receive a $2,000 scholarship, and the Third Place Essay student will receive a $1000.00. The Art Contest winner will receive a $1500.00 scholarship and the Second Place Art entry will recieve a $500.00 scholarship. (*The contest has the right to withhold scholarships if entries are not deemed to be within the guidelines of the contest per the essay and art judges.)
In addition, the sponsoring faculty member(s) of each winning student will be presented a grant to be used in their classroom to help fund class field trips or to purchase classroom equipment and/or supplies.