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Posted on: September 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Westmont Historical Essay Contest

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: September 21, 2017

The Village of Westmont is coordinating an Historical Essay Contest for its 96th Anniversary celebration in November.  This year, the essay contest is open to both students and adults.  Entries must be submitted by Nov. 3.

“As we continue our yearly countdown towards our 100th Anniversary in 2021, this year’s theme is Westmont in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's,” said Anniversary Committee Co-Chair Larry McIntyre.  “Essays should consider what was happening in Westmont during historical events such as Prohibition, the Great Depression, and World War II.”  This theme will also match the eras that will be depicted in the next historical mural project.

“Last year, we had an excellent turnout from our student population.  This year we’ve decided to open the contest up to all ages,” said Amy Quattrone, Westmont Jr. High School Assistant Principal and Anniversary Committee volunteer.  “Our local history is important and we want to get the entire community excited about it.”


** Contestants must fill out the online form and submit by Nov. 3rd at 4 p.m. - Essay Sign-up Form

** Contestants must submit their entry via email by Nov. 3rd at 4 p.m. 

** Contest Theme:  Westmont During The 20’s, 30’s & 40’s

** Essays must be 96 words or less (in honor of our 96th Anniversary)

** There are (5) age groups:  K-1-2;  3-4-5;  6-7-8;  High School;  Adults

** There will be (1) essay finalist selected from each age group

Finalists will be asked to attend and be recognized at a Village of Westmont Meeting in November.  Essays will be published on the Village website.

“We hope that everyone will take this opportunity to get involved,” said Sandy Henricksen who serves on the Anniversary Committee and also works in the Maercker School District Administration Office.  “Last year’s anniversary was a lot of fun and informative. The essay contest, the historical mural and the photo gallery at the Village Hall are great ways to showcase how our history is very unique and important.  We hope that residents will want to get involved as we move towards our 100th Anniversary.”

Submissions must be sent via email to and received no later than Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.  Click on the link below to sign up for the essay contest.

Essay Sign-up Form
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