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Awardee Essays

  • 2022 Essay Topic
    The 2022 essay topic was:  “What parallels can you draw between the challenges faced by early Italian immigrants coming to the USA in the late 1800s/early 1900s and those faced by immigrants coming to the USA today? What lessons might be learned from the experiences of those early immigrants that could help today’s immigrants?”
  • Brendan Elliott 2022
    Comparing Harsh Working Conditions for Latin and Italian American Immigrants – Italian immigrants migrated to the United States en masse from the late 1800s until the 1920s. Despite the promise of prosperity in America, Italian immigrants faced significant challenges upon arrival to the nation. One of the most difficult challenges endured by Italians was poor…
  • Gabriella Lasek 2021
    Our Italian Heritage, Culture and Pride –  In 1916, my great-great grandfather, Giovanni Amato, packed his suitcase with the few clothes he owned, stuffed his pockets with all the money that he had saved, kissed his dear mother goodbye, and boarded a ship for America…the land of opportunity. Giovanni had a dream like so many…
  • Brendan Elliott 2021
    Frances Xavier Cabrini, otherwise known as Mother Cabrini, was an Italian-American immigrant who dedicated her life to the assistance of other Italian-American newcomers who were undergoing the often-difficult experience of immigrating to the United States. Born in Italy, Cabrini founded a missionary with several other women. She was then directed by Pope Leo XIII in…
  • Derek Caiazzo 2021
    For thousands of years humankind has been fighting each other over race, rights, equality, and territory. Humans have been fighting against each other, instead of working together and fighting problems together. An example of this was the Christopher Columbus which recently had been torn down due to political views. Just like everything else in the…
  • Marco Hague 2021
    Why We Need “La Piazza di Luigi Russolo” Luigi Russolo, born in 1885 in Portogruaro, Italy, was a Futurist painter and musical innovator known for his integration of industrial noises as music. He is considered to be one of the first noise musicians ever and his work has influenced artists many years since his passing….
  • Ashley R. Keister 2021
    The removal of the Christopher Columbus statue sparks a new conversation about apotential replacement. As a future art student, I believe that art is one of the most influential partsof a culture, and the renaissance perfectly supports that. During the renaissance there were manygreat artists, inventors, philosophers, and so many more talented scholars, but one…
  • Mia Lenzenweger 2021
    Exploration can expand the human experience, but some are exploited in the process. However, a Jewish-Italian scientific explorer, Rita Levi-Montalcini made a discovery that positively impacted humans while also overcoming many obstacles throughout her life. I feel that she is a strong example of innovation, exploration, and resilience making her a wonderful representation of Italian…
  • Maddi McLean
    My Italian heritage has always been a great source of pride for my entire family. During my freshman year of high school, my family traveled across Italy learning the history behind some of the world’s most famous sites. This trip allowed me to connect with my Italian roots by creating memories that will last forever….
  • Isabella D. Keh
    Sometimes in life’s journey, roadblocks can make us feel defeated and want to give up. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t working to become a professional dancer, and have faced many ups and downs along the way. I almost gave up until I was introduced to Misty Copeland. She is someone I look…
  • Mia Lenzenweger
    There are many Italian figures that are admirable and inspirational. Many of them have shown perseverance and strength in the face of adversity. A famous Italian painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, is the epitome of determination. She overcame trauma, sexism, and everyday struggles to become a notable artist. Artemisia turned these ugly experiences into amazing pieces of…
  • Michaela Rusinko
    Michelangelo, an Italian renaissance artist who was the creator of many beautiful pieces that are still of renown today, has further inspired my interest in illustration and in anatomy. Michelangelo developed his artistry and skills first through becoming an apprentice of another artist. He also had the opportunity to experiment with many different types of…