ANNUAL BVSD ESSAY CONTEST FOR LOCAL HISTORY
To communicate the truths of history is an act of hope for the future.
– Daisaku Ikeda
2021 2nd Annual Edition
Historic Boulder’s Second Annual Secondary School Essay Contest is intended to showcase the writing, creative and research skills of students in the Boulder Valley Schools using essay themes drawn from Boulder history. Students are encouraged to discover how exploring Boulder’s past can deepen one’s understanding of the present and help us better plan for the future.
THE 2021 CONTEST THEME WAS: Symbols Matter
Communities throughout the United States have either removed or renamed statues, monuments, and buildings in an effort to be more inclusive, to more accurately reflect history, and to elevate stories, events or persons. Boulder County is no exception. A number of local parks, buildings, and other public spaces throughout the county have been renamed and reimagined in an effort to repair or redress past harms and omissions. Recent examples include the renaming of Settler’s Park (People’s Crossing), the Boulder Municipal Building (Penfield Tate II)), Lafayette’s Rose Lueras Pool, and a number of buildings on the CU campus.
Identify a site (building, neighborhood, park, street, trail, etc.) in your community that you feel should be renamed or that has recently been renamed and present a thoughtful argument in support of renaming. You must include a thorough description of the historical significance of the site and make a case as to why you feel changing its name better reflects the history of the site.
ANNOUNCING THE 2021 WINNERS
First Place: $300 Prize
William Lofton: Honoring the Truth
Angevine Middle School
Teacher: Emilio Marrero
Second Place: $200 Prize
Casey Middle School
Teacher: Lisa Wertz
Third Place: $100 Prize
Contemplating Miller to Mira: Changing Lafayette’s Racist Past
Peak-to-Peak Charter School
Teacher: Kristie Letter