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2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest

 

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is announcing the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest and calling for submission of papers by 30 June 2018. The Director, Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC), will serve as the Navy's lead for the contest, with the support of the United States Naval Institute (USNI), which has executed essay contests since 1879, and with additional assistance from the Superintendent, United States Naval Academy (USNA); President, Naval War College (NWC); and President, Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). 

 

The Challenge

The Sea Services have a rich history. History informs our modern understanding on multiple fronts to include: people, battles, strategy, tactics, leadership, values, and traditions. The CNO invites you to write on a naval history topic of your choice that relates a lesson(s) from history that applies to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in today's environment, as discussed in reference (a). 

 

CNO’s Intent

Inspire insight and dialog from across the widest spectrum of academic, operational, military, and civilian personnel, both from within the Sea Services and among those with a sincere interest in the history of the Sea Services. 

 

Two categories of entrants may participate in the CNO Naval History Essay Contests:

a. Professional Category: History curators, history archivists, historians, history professors, and persons with history-related doctoral degrees.

b. Rising Category: U.S. Sea Service active, reserve, retired, and civilian personnel not included in the above criteria. 

 

The following requirements apply to 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest:

a. Word count: 3,500-word maximum (excludes footnotes/endnotes/sources). 

b. Submit essays via email to: cnoessaycontest@usni.org.

c. Submission deadline: 30 June 2018.

d. Include your essay’s title in the subject line of email. 

e. All essays will be judged in the blind. Include word count on title page of essay, but do not include your name on title page or within essay.

f. Provide a separate attachment that includes biography, phone number, and mailing address.

g. For more details about this contest, please visit the NHHC CNO Naval History Essay Contest web page, or email jday@usni.org.

 

Six winners (first, second, and third place from both categories) will be selected and receive the following:

a. Hosted travel orders to meet the CNO and present their papers to CNO; Director, Navy Staff; and other Senior Flag Officers at an appropriate venue.

b. Cash Prizes provided by the United States Naval Institute:
    First Prize − $5000
    Second Prize − $2500
    Third Prize − $1500

c. Prize Winners will be published in Proceedings, Naval History magazine and/or on the NHHC website. Other essays may also be selected for publication.

d. A piece of copper plating from USS Constitution.

e. Recognition on NHHC’s website.

f. A one-year membership in the USNI and a one-year subscription to Naval History magazine.

 

Tasks

a. Director, NHHC, is assigned overall responsibility for the planning and coordination of the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest.

b. Director, NHHC, will coordinate the following with the United States Naval Institute:

    1.     Develop judging criteria.

    2.     Coordinate judging panel, which will include judges from the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations staff, the Naval Institute's History
            Advisory Board, USNA, NWC, and NPS.

    3.     Receive and acknowledge each entry.

    4.     Forward all essays to the judging panel.

    5.     Coordinate announcing the six winners.

    6.     Coordinate for an appropriate prize presentation.

    7.     Publish selected essays.

    8.     Capture lessons learned.  

c. Superintendent, USNA, shall provide two senior staff members to serve on the judging panels.

d. President, NWC, shall provide two senior staff members to serve on the judging panels.

e. President, NPS, shall provide two senior staff members to serve on the judging panels.

For questions pertaining to this message and the execution of the 2018 CNO Naval History Essay Contest, please contact Ms. Meghan Cunningham via phone: (202) 433-2331 or email: megan.cunningham@navy.mil. For advice and guidance on writing essays, contact Ms. Jaci Day via email: jday@usni.org.

 

CNO NAVADMIN 029/18, released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.

The World Historian Student Essay Competition is an international competition open to students enrolled in grades K–12 in public, private, and parochial schools, and those in home-study programs. Membership in the World History Association is not a requirement for submission. Past winners may not compete in the same category again.

Dr. Mark Welter, recognizing the importance of encouraging young scholars, established this $500 annual prize, presented in conjunction with the World History Association. A one-year membership in the WHA will also be included with each prize.

Each competitor will submit an essay that addresses the issue: In what way has the study of world history affected my understanding of the world in which I live?

The committee will judge papers according to the following criteria:

  1. clear thesis;
  2. elaboration on the thesis with specific, concrete, personal example(s);
  3. evidence of critical-thinking, such as synthesis and evaluation, when reflecting on the essay question;
  4. organization and fluency; and
  5. overall effectiveness of the student’s ability to communicate his or her personal connection with the study of world history—in other words, how well has the student described the experience of being changed by a better understanding of world history?

Submission Guidelines

Length & Format

Length: Submissions for the K–12 World Historian Award should be approximately 1,000 words.

Formatting: Number all pages except for the title page. All pages are to be double-spaced. Use 12-point Times New Roman Font. Margins are to be 1 inch left and right, and top and bottom.

Submissions must be composed in Microsoft Word.

The author’s identity is to appear nowhere on the paper.

A separate, unattached page should accompany the paper, identifying the author, title of paper, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, and name of school.

Papers that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified.

Deadline

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by the annual deadline of 1 May.

Winning papers will be announced in early September to early December.

The WHA reserves the right to publish in the World History Bulletin any essay (or portion thereof) submitted to the competition. It will do so solely at its discretion, but full acknowledgment of authorship will be given. If someone’s essay is published in whole or in part, the author will receive three (3) copies of the Bulletin.

E-mail submission

Send the following materials as separate attachments (formatted in MS Word) in the same e-mail, with the subject line World Historian Student Essay:

  • the paper, and
  • a page with identifying information (author, title of paper, home address, telephone number, e-mail address, and name of school).

E-mail to: Susan Smith <smithsusan@district279.org>.

Postal submission

Send five copies of the paper and five copies of the page with identifying information. In the lower left hand corner on the front of the envelope write: World Historian Student Essay.

Mail to:

Susan Smith
Maple Grove Senior High
9800 Fernbrook Lane N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369-9747

World Historian Student Essay Competition Committee:

  • Susan Smith, chair
  • Paul Richgruber

Past Winners

2017

  • Vivian Liu, International School of Beijing, Beijing, “History: Bread of the World”

2016

  • Vanessa Yan, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School (Bradenton, Florida), “World History: The Great Macroscope”

2015

  • Rachel Hughes, Webber Academy (Calgary), “Fostering a Universal Understanding of World History is the Key to a Brighter Tomorrow”

2014

  • Campbell Munson, The Episcopal School of Dallas, “How History Has Affected My Worldview: Economies, Migration, Causality and Disease”

2013

  • Jacob Cooper, North Oconee High School (Bogart, Georgia), “World History: The Basis for Self-Determination, Democracy, and Religion“

2012

  • Luke J. Hamilton, Sword Academy (Bridgeport, Nebraska), “The Present: Living History”

2011

  • David Kim, Wydown Middle School (St. Louis), “History: The Shadow of the World”

2010

  • Elizabeth Mello, Dartmouth High School (Dartmouth, Massachusetts), “Out of Many Threads, One Cloth”