Student Essay Contests


Inviting current high school Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
to participate in our annual Student Essay Contest

How This Works
Explore Bloomfield’s history. Unearth the answers to questions about our community that may have made you curious, or discover something unexpected you’d like to let others know.

Write an essay about what you learn. The essay could center on an individual, group, place or event that had an impact on our local history. Identify your topic and describe its significance in Bloomfield’s history.

Getting Started
Essays should have a minimum of 900 words and maximum of 1200 words.
The use of primary sources is encouraged.
Proper citations are expected.
Here is a link to local history resources to help you in your research: Local Resources PDF

The deadline to enter is March 30, 2025
Winners will be contacted in April, 2025
Email any questions to:

Submit Your Essay
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Please include:
your name and email address
your high school and class year

Prizes will be awarded:
1st Place: $500 (The Michael Carmichael Award Winner)
2nd Place: $250

The winning essay will be featured on the Bloomfield Historical Society website.

The Michael Carmichael Award is named in honor of one of the founding members of the Bloomfield Historical Society. He had a knack for writing and communications which he used to help develop Legacy, the published chronicle of the BHS. His curiosity led him to explore the many corners of Bloomfield’s history. His ability to uncover stories and connect ideas across the decades added greatly to the mission of the Society, and he would have been the first to encourage that sense of exploration in others.


1st place 2024 – Hills Howard IV, a junior at Detroit Country Day School
Click here to read “Charing Cross Station”









2nd place 2024 – Hugh Aaron, a Sophomore at Detroit Country Day School
Click here to read “Architecture and the Architects of Bloomfield Hills”









2024 Honorable Mentions

Mia Mode, a senior at Bloomfield International Academy
Click here to read “A Lesson In Love, The Ilitch Family”









Sidh Nakka, a Sophomore at Bloomfield International Academy
Click here to read “Pioneers of Bloomfield: Building a Community From the Ground Up”










Past Essay Contest Winners 

1st place 2023 winner Mia Moede
Click here to read her essay “Behind Our Bricks – Eero and Eliel Saarinen”








1st place 2022 winner Shannon Schulte
Click here to read her essay.








1st place 2021 winner Wasey Rehman
Click here to read his essay.









2nd Place 2021 winner Brody Cavanaugh
Click here to read his essay.



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