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The “2017 High School Essay Contest”, proudly sponsored by the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center’, is HISTORY!

Lora Randa

Left to Right- Chad Postal, Lora Randa, Grade 10, Superior High School, Superior, WI , Lori Randa and John Gidley

The winners and honorable mentions have been selected. Congratulations! The field of entries was top notch! The contest was open to all High School students in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Center staff read and evaluated all of the essays and selected the top three entrants and three honorable mentions. The top essay will receive a Grand Prize of $250. A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the first and second runners up. A consolation prize will be awarded to three honorable mentions.

In a historic press conference on April 7th, 1954 President Eisenhower alluded to a “Falling of Dominos Principle” in which he explained the strategic importance of Vietnam in Southeast Asia. He related that if it fell into the hands of the Communists, soon after the rest of the region would fall. This announcement laid the foundation for the United States involvement in Vietnam. Looking back some sixty plus years, The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center asked students to write a short essay on whether the United States was effective in deterring the spread of Communism as a result of our presence in Southeast Asia?

The Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is proud to announce the following “2017 High School Essay Contest” winners:

Top Winning Essay-Lora Randa, Grade 10, Superior High School, Superior, WI

-First Runner-Up-Adrian Ferguson, Grade 11, Denfeld High School, Duluth, MN
-Second Runner-Up Keeli Gustafson, Grade 10 Denfeld High School, Duluth, MN

Honorable Mention:
-Nate Swanson, Grade 10, Denfeld High School, Duluth, MN
-Jake Seboe, Grade 10, Lincoln High School, Esko, MN