Bong Center Annual

Essay Contest

2019-2020 Winners

Essay Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the winners of our Middle School and High School Essay Contests for the 2019-2020 school year!

In the Middle School contest, we received 163 entries from nine regional schools.  Students were asked to consider this quote from Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson at the opening of the trials at Nuremburg for accused Nazi war criminals:  “The privilege of opening the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world imposes a grave responsibility.  The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant, and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored, because it cannot be survived their being repeated.  We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow…”  Students were then asked to answer this question:  What do you think he meant by the “grave responsibility” of justice?  What does justice mean to you and why is it so important that justice be done in our world today?

The High School contest received 40 entries from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.  Students were asked to honor the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by considering this question:  Is Earth Day still important?  Do you personally think it is necessary to have a holiday devoted to the preservation of the Earth and its resources?  Thinking about the history of environmental activism and its ability to make positive changes for our future, share your thoughts on what needs to be done to make our world more sustainable?

Middle School

8th Grade
Winner: Haley Schulz, Superior Middle School
Runner-Up: Alyssa Johnson, Hurley Middle School
Honorable Mention: Ethan Bratley, Washburn Middle School

7th Grade
Winner: Reese Sheehan, Hayward Middle School
Runner-Up: Frank Kief, Chequamegon Middle School

6th Grade
Winner: Helen Thompson, Hayward Middle School
Runner-Up: Melissa Vittone, Chequamegon Middle School
Honorable Mention: Piper Riehm, Hayward Middle School
Honorable Mention: Daniel Harwood, Northwestern Middle School

High School

Winner: Abbigail Michie, Northwood High School
1st Runner-Up: Sophia Norha, Virginia Secondary School
2nd Runner-Up: Collin Krmpotich, Northwood High School
Honorable Mention: Kayla Schultz, Northwood High School; Georgia Becherer, Northwood High School

Richard I. Bong Center

Our Mission

The Mission of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is to preserve and honor the memory of Major Bong and all veterans of World War II as well as subsequent conflicts and to provide educational resources for the Twin Ports area community and beyond.