German Information Center Essay Contest For Kids

Essay Task

Grades 6-8 How have child labor laws affected society?

Grades 9-12 How have child labor laws affected society? Please know that descriptive, illustrative, and point of view styles are all acceptable.

Your submission needs to be between 300 and 500 words. It must address the task. Judging will be based on grammar, organization, spelling, and how you address the task.

You must have a gmail account to enroll in the contest. Deadline for submission is April 6, 2018. Click the link below for more information.

Essay Contest Information & Enrollment Link


From two-time Newbery award-winning author Katherine Paterson.

When Lyddie and her younger brother are hired out as servants to help pay off their family farm’s debts, Lyddie is determined to find a way to reunite her family once again. Hearing about all the money a girl can make working in the textile mills in Lowell, Massachusetts, she makes her way there, only to find that her dreams of returning home may never come true.

German-American Day Essay Contest For College Students
​Sponsored by: IndianaGerman Heritage Society (IGHS)& IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center
Deadline: November 3, 2017

1st prize: $350, 2nd prize: $250, 3rd prize: $150Prizes for runner-ups
“German-American Visual Artists” 
On the occasion of German-American Day (October 6), the IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center, in cooperation with the Indiana German Heritage Society (IGHS), is sponsoring an essay contest for Indiana college students.  Participants do not have to be German majors or currently be enrolled in a German course. However, the essay must be written in German. Native speakers are not eligible to participate. 
Description:  Among the German-speaking immigrants to the New World and their descendants were not only farmers, business people, craftsmen, entrepreneurs, and educators, but also artists – painters, photographers, cartoonists, printmakers and others. Especially in the 1900s and later, German-American artists left their mark on the cultural landscape of the country, including Indiana and the Midwest. During the Nazi period and World War II famous German artists lived in exile in the U.S., often assuming American citizenship and teaching art at colleges or art schools.  
In your essay, please highlight and analyze one (or several) of the contributions German immigrants or their descendants made to the visual arts in the U.S and/or Indiana. Are these contributions still evident today? Factual evidence/ research and personal analysis will both be considered equally.  
Contest Requirements: 
  • Essay (in German):  between 550-650 words, double-spaced, in Times New Roman size 12 font. Please include a bibliography with your sources.
  • Personal statement (in English) of your background, highlighting experiences with German language and culture which have influenced your personal life and educational career. One page, double-spaced.
  • Include cover page with name and contact information, as well as university affiliation.
Submit entries to:
Dr. Claudia Grossmann
IUPUI Max Kade German-American Center, Ph. (317) 274-3943

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