The School is pleased to report that Dhilan (10S1) and Aarush (11M1) were recently named as runners-up in the David Grossel History Essay Prize for 2021.

The competition was established three years ago with the aim to help students in the Middle School develop their essay-writing skills in History and to commemorate the work of David Grossel who started his teaching career in the History Department at Habs and went on to have a significant impact in a number of London independent day schools.

The students received very favourable comments from the judges for their essays which were two of eight submissions from Habs. Dhilan’s essay on ‘Which President did the most to advance the civil rights of American citizens between 1945 and 1980?’ was praised by the judges for making a cogent and convincing case for placing President Lyndon Baines Johnson head and shoulders above the others. Aarush was commended for doing the most difficult thing in his response to ‘Was the French Revolution a Revolution of Ideas?’: making a link between ideas and actions.

This is not the first time Habs students have had success in the David Grossel History Essay Prize. The School hosted the inaugural competiton in 2019, which saw two Habs students named runners-up: George C for ‘How significant was the leadership of Martin Luther King in the African-American Civil Rights movement?’ and Lucas V for ‘To what extent did Russia benefit from the rule of Stalin?’ In 2020 Aarush M was runner-up for his essay on the American Revolution.

The School commends all who took part in this year’s competition for seeking to develop their historical scholarship and writing skills.