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Lepage Center Essay Competition

How do you think the study of history can help us impact society today?

Each year the Lepage Center invites local high school students to write a 500-word essay that answers the question of how the study of history can help us impact society today. The essay helps students see the value of history, as well as helps students apply what they learn in class or in their textbooks to today's events.

2019-2020

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Winner:
Leah Boris

School: Strath Haven High School

Teacher: Richard Foulk

Essay title: "We Need Rainbows in Textbooks"

The 2020 winner of the Lepage Center essay competition was Leah Boris of Strath Haven High School. Ms. Boris's winning essay, "We Need Rainbows in Textbooks," noted how many past LGBTQ+ leaders are not mentioned in contemporary history textbooks. Citing specific examples through the use of footnotes, Ms. Boris argued that inclusion of such figures within a broader historical narrative paints a more complete picture of the American story. 

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Honorable Mention:
Brooklyn Coulter

School: The Tatnall School

Teacher: Ian Sikdar

Essay title: "How the Study of History Impacts Society Today"

The 2020 honorable mention for the Lepage Center essay competition was Brooklyn Coulter of The Tatnall School. Ms. Coulter's essay, "How the Study of History Impacts Society Today," cited slavery in the U.S. and the Civil Rights era as important to understanding race relations today. Citing the 13th-15th amendments as well as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael, Ms. Coulter argued that the history of race in America affects our everyday lives. 

How to participate

The Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University invites local high school students to write a 500-word essay that answers the question below:

How do you think the study of history can help us impact society today?

Participating teachers will collect essays from their students and submit them to the Lepage Center. The best essays will receive an award.

Essays should be a maximum of 500 words. Internet sources are allowed, but be sure to identify where you got your information. Plagiarism is never permitted. 

Submission deadline: February 1st of each year.

Submit to: lepage@villanova.edu

Want to participate? Email lepage@villanova.edu to learn more.

General info:

Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4660

Web: lepage@villanova.edu
Twitter: @LepageCtr

In person:

The Lepage Center is located on the campus of Villanova University, inside the St. Augustine Center, Room 410.

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Media inquiries:

Please contact the Villanova University media relations department.