The 2018 Military Historical Society of Massachusetts ROTC Essay Contest


The Military Historical Society of Massachusetts (MHSM) hosted its annual leadership essay contest to recognize the top essay written by a Massachusetts ROTC Cadet.

This year's winning essay, "Cryptography in the First World War", was submitted by Cadet Lucy R. Lee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Army ROTC Paul Revere Battalion. Cadet Lee was honored at an MHSM luncheon to honor her accomplishment at the Union Club in Boston.

Cadet Lee's winning essay was awarded a total sum of $4,000. $2,500 in the form of a scholarship check to the Cadet author and a $1,500 check for program funds to support the study of military history to the winning Cadet’s ROTC Program.




2018 Competition Winner: Cadet Lucy Lee, MIT Army ROTC


MHSM Vice-President Dave Hruban congratulates Cadet Lucy Lee on her winning essay.


From Left to Right: Dave Hruban, MHSM Vice-President; Wayne Ludwig, ROTC Essay Committee Chair; Cadet Lucy Lee; Sean McDonough, MIT Military History Instructor; MSG Josh Davis, MIT Army ROTC Senior Military Instructor

Essay Contest Winners

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2017 Winner- Cadet Eva Lisowski Essay: An Ordinary Hero

2016 Winner- Cadet Eric Koch Essay: American Spirit: The Yankee Division in the First World War

2015 Winner- Cadet Jocelyn Bly Essay: Mission Command: A Timeless Weapon

2014 Winner- Cadet James Kiefner Essay: Portrait of General Ulysses S. Grant (Un-titled essay)

2013 Winner- Cadet Daniel Silva Essay: From Revolution to Rapprochement | The War of 1812: The Causes, the War, the Legacy

2010 Winner- Cadet Garrett Brnger Essay: A War Fought from Both Sides: The ignored lessons of the American Revolution and their application to Vietnam

2009 Winner- Cadet William Mathews Essay: The Foreseeable Victory: A Justification for the Federal Use of Force in the Civil War

2008 Winner- Cadet Spencer Reese Essay: Washington’s Principle: Civil-Military Relations 1776-2008