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The Michigan Council for the Social Studies

is excited to announce the theme for

the 2022 Michigan Social Studies Olympiad!

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed the Canadian Parliament and provided a rallying cry that is just as relevant today as it was in 1961.  President Kennedy said, “Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners. Necessity has made us allies. What unites us is far greater than what divides us.”  In recent years, there has been a growing divisiveness on many issues both globally and domestic.  The theme “Who Are We and What Unites Us” explores not what divides us but what unites us, what we have in common, and what hopes and dreams we all share.  We believe this theme will inspire students to examine and discover who we are as an individual, a group, a nation, and as a global society.  Through this exploration, students will discover that what unites us is much greater than our differences and how embracing our differences can, in fact, bring us closer together.

Olympiad Handbook

Olympiad Registration

Michigan Social Studies Olympiad Timeline:

  • March 1, 2022  Registration deadline
  • March 31, 2022  Event selection deadline
  • April 18, 2022  Deadline for mailing off-site event materials
  • After May 11, 2022  Notification of winners to coaches

If you have questions, please email us at Olympiad@mcssmi.org.



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