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2016 Student Writing Award Winners

On Saturday, October 29, 2016, at the 41st KATH Annual Meeting we celebrate Kentucky’s young scholars with the KATH Writing Awards. Each of the winners receive a monetary prize and certificate. These four juried KATH student writing awards are named after some of Kentucky’s great historians and history educators.

With the students’ permission, we proudly publish their winning essays below (download their essays in .pdf files by clicking on the titles). This year’s prize winners are:

Anita Sanford Tolson High School Writing Award

No award given this year.

Thomas D. Clark Undergraduate Student Writing Award (U.S. topic)


Kody Ruark 

A Rough Start: Gay and Lesbian Organizations in Lexington, Kentucky, 1969-1983
University of Kentucky, Lexington
Dr. Amy Murrell Taylor, faculty sponsor

Kody Ruark

Kody Ruark, University of Kentucky

Raymond F. Betts Undergraduate Writing Award (non-Western topic)


Taylor Burchett

Environmental Consciousness in the Olympics
Georgetown College, Georgetown
Dr. James Klotter, faculty sponsor

Taylor Burchett

Taylor Burchett, Georgetown College

George C. Herring Graduate Student Writing Award


Carl C. Creason

‘The Whole World Seems to Be Getting out of Joint’: The Roman Catholic Response to the Election of 1860, the Secession Movement and the Start of the Civil War in the Border South
University of Louisville, Louisville
Dr. Thomas Mackay, faculty sponsor

Carl Creason

Carl Creason, University of Louisville

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Related Pages

2016 KATH Annual Meeting
2015 Student Writing Award Winners
2014 Student Writing Award Winners
2013 Student Writing Award Winners
KATH Writing Awards

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