National WWII Museum 2016 High School Essay Contest

March 15, 2016
Maximum Award: 
All high school students

"Being an American of dark complexion and some 26 years, these questions flash through my mind: Should I sacrifice my life to live half American? Will things be better for the next generation in the peace to follow?"
- James G. Thompson, Letter to the Editor of the Pittsburgh Courier, January 31, 1942

Address this question in 1000 words or less to compete in the National WWII Museum 2016 High School Essay Contest.

Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only. The website will indicate
when we are approaching 500 submitted essays.


  • originality
  • clarity of expression and
  • adherence to contest theme

Other factors include: historical accuracy, grammar, spelling and punctuation.

The National WWII Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.