Principals' Memo #1003-12

Department of Education

January 17, 2012

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  The National World War II (WWII) Museumís 2012 Middle and High School Student Essay Contest

This memorandum provides information regarding The National WWII Museum’s 2012 student essay contest for middle and high school students.  The theme for 2012 is “What WWII invention or innovation has had the biggest impact on YOUR life?”

Throughout WWII, science and technology produced an astounding amount of invention and innovation.  Many of those inventions and innovations were forerunners of our modern science and technology.  As The National WWII Museum launches a series of new STEM-based programs this year, it encourages students to participate in this essay contest.

High school students have the chance to win as much as $1,000.  Middle school students can win $250.  Winning essays will be posted on the Museum’s Web site. 

Information about contest rules and deadlines is available at  For additional information, please contact Kenneth Hoffman, director of education, The National WWII Museum, by e-mail at or by telephone at (504) 528-1944, ext. 225.