Abdelkader Student Prize

For students, grades 6-12
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This contest is presented by the Abdelkader Education Project in partnership with Iowa National History Day.

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This is your chance...

to learn about Emir Abdelkader, an Islamic scholar from Algeria who resisted French colonialism in the mid-19th century. The Emir’s commitment to human rights won him global admiration from the likes of President James Buchanan, Queen Victoria, Pope Pius IX, Tsar Alexander II, and the presidents of France, Greece, and Turkey. The Abdelkader Education Project (AEP) is offering four middle school prizes and four high school prizes, all at $300 each.

The 2022 deadline has passed.

Middle School Entry Guidelines
(Grades 6-8)

Essay Option: How did Abdelkader’s upbringing prepare him to meet the challenges in his life? What virtues and values did he communicate through his actions that might help you meet your own challenges? (300 word minimum)

Art Option: Create a graphic story (comic) based on one vignette from the Abdelkader Stage Project (Middle School Version).

High School Entry Guidelines
(Grades 9-12)

Essay Option: What were the formative influences on Abdelkader? What qualities did he communicate through his actions? Choose a challenge from current events for which Abdelkader’s behavior might be a guide. (500 word minimum)

Art Option: Create a graphic story (comic) based on one vignette from the Abdelkader Stage Project. (You may use either version of the Abdelkader Stage Project.)

Judging Criteria

AEP is offering eight $300 prizes, four to middle school students and four to high school students.

Essays will be judged on the following:

  • Does the writer demonstrate a deep and personal understanding of Abdelkader’s character and place in history?
  • Does the writer address all parts of the prompt?
  • Is the essay well-organized?
  • Has the writer followed conventions of spelling, capitalization, and punctuation?
  • Has the writer included source(s) for information about Abdelkader?

Art entries will be judged on the following:

  • Does the artist accurately portray the selected vignette(s)?
  • Does the comic demonstrate an exemplary use of the selected media to create an intentional outcome?
  • Does the artist utilize the space within each frame in interesting and effective ways?
  • Is the text within the compic perfect, or nearly so, in terms of spelling, captialization, and punctuation?

We will send you a free copy of The Compassionate Warrior: Abd el-Kader of Algeria by Elsa Marston and/or Commander of the Faithful by John Kiser. Request your copy here.

Questions: Contact Sue Protheroe at sue@abdelkaderproject.org

Submit entries in PDF form to: sue@abdelkaderproject.org