The winning entries of the Second Holodomor Essay Prize Competition are now available to read by accessing this web page and following the respective links.


Alternatively, pdf versions are available by clicking on the links below:


First Prize Essay: Rachael Ward, The John Henry Newman Catholic School, Stevenage.


Second Prize Essay: Tobias Whelton, Greenshaw High School, Sutton.


Third Prize Essay: Anastasia Ougrin, Brighton College, Brighton.


Highly Commended Essay: Leah Dorotiak, Greenhead College, Huddersfield.


Highly Commended Essay: Sarah Shah, Wakefield Girls’ High School, Wakefield.


The Essay Prize Competition was open to all sixth form students attending any school or college in the UK. Candidates were invited to submit a historical style essay of between 1500 and 2000 words on the topic of Holodomor. Dr. Olenka Pevny, Cambridge University lecturer and Director of the Cambridge Ukrainian Studies programme, headed the judging panel which also included AUGB Board member Hanya Dezyk.


Commenting on Rachael Ward’s winning entry, one of the judges noted that “this essay was well written and well argued, with an original use of different materials including current contemporary discussion of materials from Ukraine. The student was clearly engaged in the topic. It was also well argued to the title." 


On other essays, the judges praised different students in various ways:  


“Excellent discussion of the involvement and culpability of western governments and media in the covering up the Holodomor. Excellent argument, reflecting interesting insights, well and fluently argued and well organised to build a solid conclusion…” or, for example, "…an excellent essay assessing the views of many different historians, with an analytical approach of compare and contrast. The student was very engaged in terms of looking at different sources, witness statements and historian views...".

Sadly, it was not possible for all entrants to share the winning spots and it is therefore all the more  commendable that many students who took part in the competition and finished outside of the top three sent some delightful messages of thanks:

  • “I really enjoyed writing the essay and it was an eye-opening experience to learn and write about the Holodomor. I am now doing my A Level History coursework on a similar topic! Thank you very much for the experience and your consideration.”

  • “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in this essay prize competition. I really appreciate it and have come out with lots of skills and have learnt a lot about the researching process.”

  • “It was such an amazing opportunity to write this essay. I feel greatly privileged to be put in the top ten and I am greatly thankful for your comment - it made me very grateful for having the opportunity to write such a meaningful essay. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.” 

  • “Thanks so much for the opportunity, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and learnt so much about a fascinating topic.”

The Competition will be repeated in 2020.


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