To help promote local interest in the civil war, the Kalamazoo Civil War Round Table awards an annual $50 cash prize for the best Civil War-related entry in the Kalamazoo District Michigan History Day Competition.
Michigan History Day is a state wide competition for students in grades 4 through 12. It is part of the National History Day Competition. Participating students create entries reflecting the annual History Day theme. Entries may be papers, presentations, exhibits, websites, or documentaries.
The competition typically takes place on a Saturday in the spring and is held at Western Michigan University. The KCWRT award is given in consultation with the competition's judges. If there is no Civil War-related entry, then the award is not made.
The Historical Society of Michigan is the sponsor of the Michigan History Day Competition. The schedule for the competition, registration information, and district boundaries can be found at the Historical Society of Michigan's website here.
The annual theme and rules for the competition can be found at the National History Day website here.
Heath Kleyn, "The Telegraph: Unseen Battalion of the Civil War,'" Junior Paper
Elijah and Ezekiel Fenstermaker, "Communication in History: The Battle of Gettysburg," Senior Group Documentary
Annie Thorn, Quinn Scheller, and Courtney Pederson from Gull Lake High School won the KCWRT Award for their entry on Clara Barton.
Linus Resek from North Shore Elementary won the KCWRT Award for his entry on Abraham Lincoln.
Ben Lewis from Gagie won the KCWRT Award for his entry on Gettysburg.