Essay Contest

The Italian Heritage and Culture Committee-NY, Inc. and the American Association of Teachers of Italian – Società Onoraria Italica are sponsoring an essay contest to encourage high school students to write about their study of the Italian culture and history. The winners (one for each category) will receive a monetary award of $200 and recognition at a future special function in the fall. This year’s Italian Heritage and Culture Month theme is “Dante 700!”.

In an essay of approximately 750 words choose one of the following topics:

  • Analyze why Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language, is one of the most important writers of Italian culture and literature.
  • Analyze Dante’s legacy and influence in the world.

For more information about the contest including eligibility requirements and procedures.


2020 Essay Contest

The Società Onoraria Italica sponsored the IHCC Essay Contest “Fellini 100” in the New York and New Jersey area. This year’s Essay Winners are:

Italian Essay Winner: Parker Piccolo Hill, an 11th grader from Hendrick Hudson High School, NY, for her essay “Fellini’s 8½” submitted by Prof. Antonietta Gliubizzi.

English Essay Winner: Yuri Lee, a 9th grader from Tuckahoe High School, NY, for her essay “Ginger e Fred”, submitted by Prof. Antonietta DeAngelis and Prof. Michela Vairo.

The above students will receive a check of $200 each from IHCC, Inc. Their essays will be posted on the IHCC Website. In addition, four students from the Italian Essay Competition [Vincenzo Varone, Kayla Sierra, Kaitlyn Hardy, and Emma Higgins] will receive a Recognition Monetary Award of $50 each from the Società Onoraria Italica and a letter, encouraging them to continue their studies in the Italian language and culture.