Oregon students can share pandemic experiences for state archives contest

Cassette tape recordings stores at the Oregon State Archives in Salem (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

Oregon students could win a place in the state archives with an essay about their experiences during the pandemic.

The Oregon Blue Book, the annual state almanac published by the Oregon State Archives, is holding an essay contest for elementary and middle school students. The theme is “Oregon Students Share Their Pandemic Experience.” 

“As we meet the Archives Division’s mission to tell the whole story of Oregon, we believe these essays are an important opportunity for students to express themselves about their own experiences; their difficulties, perseverance and resilience,” said Carla Axtman, managing editor of the Oregon Blue Book, in an email.

Students can submit written or video essays to the contest, which is open until October 20, 2022. Written essays must be 100-300 words and will include an illustration to go with the essay. Video essays must be two minutes or less. Contest rules and submission information can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. 

“I’m looking forward to watching and reading thoughtful essays from Oregon students about this unique moment in Oregon’s history,” said Stephanie Clark, Oregon State Archivist, in a statement.

Written essay winners will have their submissions published in the print edition of the Blue Book, and video essay winners will be featured online in the digital version. Winners will be announced in January 2023.

-Rachel Alexander