Christopher Columbus Essay Contest Results


It is once again time for the annual Human Rights Commission’s Benjamin M. King Essay and J. Irwin Miller Art Contests. This year’s theme is “Fair Housing for All” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act.

These contests are open to all Bartholomew County students in grades 5 – 12.

There are three divisions:

Division 1:  Elementary (grades 5 – 6)

Division 2:  Middle (grades 7 – 8)

Division 3:  High (grades 9 – 12)

Students must complete an official entry form to attach to their essays or art pieces.  The due date for all essays and art pieces is Thursday, March 08, 2018.

Winners from each division will receive a $75 award, an award-winning book, and complimentary tickets to the Human Rights Annual Dinner!

2018 Art Contest Packet

2018 Essay Contest Packet

2018 Art & Essay Entry Form

We are also looking for community members to participate as volunteer judges in order to select the winners of our contests.  If you are interested in participating as a volunteer judge, please contact our office or fill out this volunteer inquiry form.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at 812-376-2532
or email us at

Our office is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

We are located at 123 Washington Street, Suite 5, Columbus, Indiana 47201.

The William McIntosh chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is honoring the winners of its annual American history essay contests.

The winners in the elementary and middle school division were recognized Feb. 13, during the Butts County Board of Education meeting, with a presentation from DAR Second Vice-Regent Sue Oglesby that included certificates, medals and cash prizes.

Students in fifth through eighth grades wrote on the topic, “What life was like at the end of World War I,” highlighting the centennial of the end of the war. Accepting the prizes were Stark Elementary School fifth-grader O’Neal Norsworthy, Henderson Middle School seventh-grader Clarice Cook and Henderson eighth-grader Baylee Johnson.

Jackson High School student Joshua Ackiss, who was not present but will pick up his prizes later, won in the Christopher Columbus essay contest co-sponsored by the DAR and the National Italian American Foundation.

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