Central High School

Social Studies Department


278 Social Studies Graduation Essay & Oratorical Awards

Thanks to the generosity of Central alumni, there are essay contests and oratorical contests available for Social Studies graduation awards.

Instructions for each contest are on turnitin.com

  • TurnItIn Class ID: 20791085
  • Enrollment Password: lancers

Read the specific instructions for each award regarding the prompt and the length.

Unless otherwise noted, essays must be submitted to turnitin.com no later than SUNDAY, MARCH 31st.

Good luck!

Mr. Quinn & the Social Studies Department

How to get in to AP, IB, and Honors Social Studies Classes:

      • Have excellent attendance. That's the first thing we check.
      • Get the best grades you can. The most popular classes are very tough to get in to, but if you have a few low grades, don't give up! Show your teachers that you are a consistent, hard worker.
      • Do your best on the PSAT. College Board sends a list of students with "AP Potential" based on an analysis of your PSAT scores. You want to be on that list!
      • Get high recommendations from your teachers. Show them you are hard working, responsible, mature, consistent, critical thinking, and have academic integrity. You don't need to ask teachers for recommendations. The Social Studies Department will take care of that.
      • Apply for AP, IB, and Honors classes on the Social Studies "Courses" page, AND choose the same courses on the Subject Selection Guide on the Student Portal. List alternates!

    • Ms. Wesley in the Social Studies department, with the help of EF Educational Tours, organized a service learning trip to Tanzania for March of 2020. She is recruiting current 9th and 10th graders to participate in an 11 to 14 day, all-inclusive trip to perform service work in the Arusha region of Tanzania. We will be living and working with locals to build and restore the regions overcrowded and outdated schools. We will also have the opportunity to travel to Lake Manyara Park for the chance to see the "Big 5" game animals. Students will engage in meaningful work in which they will be able to earn service hours, and both high school and college credit.