Essay Contests to win Trips

ceremony.jpgGibson carved out a couple hours every day from the end of May through the month of July to research and write. It was worth a try and offered him the opportunity to get more experience in his field. First prize was $1, 500 and a trip to the Lincoln Symposium: an annual gathering of the members of the Lincoln Forum to hear some of the premier historians speak on Lincoln and the Civil War Era.

The long hours turned into 1st prize in this national essay contest.

With more than 20 sessions featuring the world’s preeminent civil war historians, and by giving him the opportunity to learn directly from the authors he had studied all summer, the Lincoln. Symposium was, according to Gibson, something akin to celebrity shock for history majors.


It was a practical three days for Gibson, as well. He hopes to pursue his love of early American history into graduate school, and beyond that into a career as a history writer.

ojwithlincoln.JPGOne of Gibson’s favorite sessions involved a panel of three different authors who sat down and broke down the different aspects of how Lincoln prepared the 272-word Gettysburg Address.

“It was really fascinating to me ... just thinking that a speech, which is so small, can have such an impact, and the whole process that goes into whittling, forming and shaping it, ” Gibson said.

It was the chance to learn all the details that wouldn’t fit in the textbooks.

“When you hear them talk about it, it brings new meaning to the book, ” Gibson said.

But the best part was walking the battlefield the morning of Nov. 19 on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

“I got there at eight and had two hours to myself. Everyone else was setting up and getting good seats over at the cemetery; it was a madhouse, ” Gibson said. “So while everyone else was there, I was walking around the battlefield, which was just amazing.”


James McPherson, a premier civil war historian, spoke at the ceremony. The Battle of Gettysburg had marked a turning point in our nation’s history, he said, and decided how our country would then face conflicts like World Wars I and II.

For Gibson, all of that boiled down to one spot: the High Water Mark of the Confederacy. This spot marks the farthest the Confederate army got, and the closest the South came to winning the battle.

“It really boils all of human history, all of American history, down to this one point … and just to see that place is really kind of moving, ” Gibson said.

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Q&A

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What essay writing contest can I enter to win a free international trip?

I am a sophomore in high school.
I already know about EF Global Citizens.
Thank you!

Don't know the exact ones but if you go to
you can find some good stuff.