Junior Wins Prestigious Writing Award

Junior Lily Moss is no stranger to success when it comes to writing. In fact, just last year Moss worked with US history teacher Susan Elliott to submit a research paper for the Illinois History Day Competition (IHDC) and advanced all the way to the State Final!

This year, Moss built upon that experience and submitted an essay to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s In Their Own Words essay contest. This contest aims to provide high school students with an opportunity to explore primary sources in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and demonstrate their skills in historical interpretation and textual analysis. This collection is one of the most important archives of historical American documents; it contains more than 75,000 items documenting the political, social and economic history of the United States.

A team of seven Gilder Lehrman Institute master teachers reviewed hundreds of entries from students across the U.S. and abroad. From those submissions, the team selected Moss for her essay “Systematizing Hate: An Evolution of Klancraft.” As one of only 10 winners, Moss will receive a $500 prize.

Join Parker in congratulating Moss on this tremendous achievement!
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