Annual Emmet County student historical essay contest awards cash prizes

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The Emmet County Historical Commission is holding its annual essay contest, which is open to any third or fourth grade student in Emmet County, including home-schooled children.

The first place winner will be awarded $100 with second place winning $50. The teacher of the winning student also receives a $50 stipend to use for classroom supplies.

Contestants may write about any topic that involves Emmet County history. The essay should be two pages or less, typed double-spaced. Only one entry per student is allowed. Entries may be submitted individually or through schools or libraries. The student’s name should not be on the essay, only on the entry form.

The entry form should be placed on top of four copies of the essay. Entries must be postmarked by April 19, 2019, and should be sent to:

Emmet County History Contest
c/o Melinda Spencley
711 Plains Road
Brutus, Michigan  49716

Or entries may be emailed to:

An advisory committee will judge the entries and determine the winners.

The prize money for this contest is derived from the Bob Schulze Fund for Creative Writing held at the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. Schulze was a long-time summer resident of Emmet County. He won such a prize at his Springfield, Ill., high school. After his passing, his family used his memorial funds to establish the creative writing fund some years ago.

“The Emmet County Historical Commission believes strongly in keeping our history alive by encouraging children to learn the stories from our past,” said Melinda Spencley, Emmet County Historical Commission member. “This contest allows kids, their teachers and their families the chance to explore some of the different, most interesting facets of our history. In the past, some students have even taken the time to interview their own grandparents about ‘the way things used to be’ in Emmet County, which have made for some terrific essays.”

A brochure with complete Essay Contest details can be downloaded. It provides other ideas for essay subjects, as well as all contest rules and the entry form.

If you have questions about the contest, email Emmet County Historical Commission member, Melinda Spencley at

About the Historical Commission

The Emmet County Historical Commission was established in 2008 by the Board of Commissioners at the time the county purchased the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse, just west of down¬town Mackinaw City.

The Commission is responsible for the development and maintenance of the lighthouse, which is now open to the public, as well as other historical resources within Emmet County. The Commission has focused its efforts as well on education about Emmet County’s rich history. This History Contest is one aspect of that effort.

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