Sisi Wang, sophomore at Leavenworth High School, reads her winning Friends of the Frontier Army Museum essay contest entry about Lt. Col. Irene Blochberger, for whom Blochberger Terrace is named, as Wang’s mother, Yanjing Jing takes a video of her presentation May 14, 2019, at the museum. Wang was awarded $1,000 for her winning entry. LHS senior Rhiannon Brookshire took second place in the essay contest and LHS freshman Audrey Tucker took third. Photo by Prudence Siebert/Fort Leavenworth Lamp

Katie Peterson | Staff Writer

“Military Technology of Transportation and Weapons” is the theme of the Friends of the Frontier Army Museum’s fifth annual history essay contest, and submissions will be accepted Feb. 1 through April 1.

“Research and explain the evolution of the Army through transportation or weapon technologies from the Frontier era to World War I,” explained Stephanie Hixson, FFAM vice president, of the theme.

The contest is open to students in ninth- through 12th-grade who attend schools within 20 miles of Fort Leavenworth.

“The Friends of the Frontier Army Museum board decided that the contest would help get students and the community involved in the history of the Army, Fort Leavenworth and the Frontier Army Museum,” Hixson said.

Submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words and double spaced with references. Only hard-copy submissions are accepted with a postmark date of March 30. Essays and entry forms should be mailed to: Friends of the Frontier Army Museum, ATTN: Essay Contest, P.O. Box 3113, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027.

Essays will be judged on four criteria — focus and detail; organization; sentence structure, grammar, mechanics and spelling; and research and bibliography.

Winners will be notified via e-mail by the end of April and will receive a cash award — $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. The first-place winner will be asked to read his or her essay to FFAM members at the FAM Museum Night in May. All winners will be awarded their cash prizes that night as well.

Sisi Wang, then-sophomore at Leavenworth High School, took the first-place prize in the 2019 contest. The theme was “The Places Behind the Names.” For her essay, Wang wrote about Lt. Col. Irene Blochberger, the namesake of Blochberger Terrace, which is at the corner of Biddle Boulevard and Kearny Avenue near Munson Army Health Center.

Wang’s fellow LHS classmates then-senior Rhiannon Brookshire and then-freshman Audrey Tucker took second place and third place, respectively.

For more information, e-mail For entry forms and the complete rules, visit


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