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National Event

National History Day 2016

June 12-16, 2016 - University of Maryland, College Park

Pictures from the 2015 National Contest

Results from the 2015 National Contest

Medalists:

  • 1st Place Senior Group Documentary: Pa Ying Lor & Siena Leone-Getten - Open World Learning Community, St. Paul - "Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grass Roots Leadership"

Finalists:

  • 5th Place Junior Paper: Isabella Krueger - Salk Middle School, Elk River - "The Legacy of Lois Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.: Changing Definition of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" 
  • 5th Place Junior Individual Website: Andy Wong - Brooklyn Center Jr. High School, Brooklyn Center - "Edward Jenner: Leader of Medical Progress and the Legacy of Smallpox" 
  • 6th Place Junior Paper: Carly St. Martin-Norburg - Capitol Hill Magnet School, St. Paul - "Declaring War on the Tobacco Industry: Leadership and Legacy of the State of Minnesota v. Phillip Morris" 
  • 7th Place Senior Individual Exhibit: Emily Nichols - Mayo High School, Rochester - "Soaring to Success: Innovations from Mayo Clinic Aero Medical Unit"
  • 8th Place Junior Group Performance: Aria & Strom Norcross - Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake - "Redefining Medicine: The Legacy of the Mayo Brothers"
  • 11th Place Junior Individual Performance: Monica Clarke - Caritas Academy Homeschool, Blaine - "Sister Kenny: The Australian Bush Nurse Who Challenged the Doctors"
  • 11th Place Junior Group Website: Shea Kerry & Natalie Plant - Chaska Middle School West, Chaska - "The Fight for Black Consciousness: Steven Biko and Donald Woods"
  • 12th Place Senior Paper: Claire Davis - Highland Park Sr. High School, St. Paul - "The Common Sense of Common Sense: The Impact of Thomas Paine's Revolutionary Pamphlet on the Formation of the American Government"

Outstanding State Entries:

  • Junior Division: Isabella Krueger - Salk Middle School, Elk River - "The Legacy of Lois Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.: Changing Definition of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace" 
  • Senior Division: Hannah Myers - Northland Jr./Sr. High School, Remer - "Catherine the Great: The Enlightened Despot"

Special Prizes

  • Outstanding Entry on a Topic Relating to the Magna Carta: Claire Davis - Highland Park Sr. High School, St. Paul - "The Common Sense of Common Sense: The Impact of Thomas Paine's Revolutionary Pamphlet on the Formation of the American Government"
  • National World War II Museum "Salute to Courage Award" (includes an expense-paid trip to New Orleans in December 2015 for the opening of the National World War II Museum: Jillian Brenner - Murray Middle School, St. Paul - "Thrust the Warlords Back: Torpedo Squadron Eight at Midway"

Patricia E. Behring Teachers of Merit Nominees:

  • Junior Division: Pamela Roiger - Bemidji Middle School 
  • Senior Division: Greg Poferl - Cretin-Derham Hall
 
 

Results from the 2014 National Contest

Medalists:

  • 1st Place Senior Individual Paper: Tasha Holtman - South High School, Minneapolis - "A Covert from the Tempest" Responsibility, Love and Politics in Britain's Kindertransport"
  • 2nd Place Senior Individual Website: Samara Kroeger - Highland Park Sr. High School, St. Paul - "Toxic Time Bomb: Love Canal, Superfund, and the Establishment of Environmental Rights and Responsibilities"
  • 3rd Place Junior Individual Documentary: Mary Jo Dalsin - St. Wenceslaus, New Prague - "Japanese Internment Camps: Rights Responsibilities and Reparations"
  • 3rd Place Junior Individual Exhibit: Terra Sikorski - Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake - "Ryan White"
  • 3rd Place Senior Group Website: Ariana Lopez, Nhi Tran, & Megan Holub - Mankato West High School, Mankato - "Eugenics and Sterilization Laws in the US"

Finalists:

  • 4th Place Junior Group Exhibit: Allison Ackerknecht, Kari Breuer, Margaret Philippi - Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake - "The Americans With Disabilities Act"
  • 4th Place Senior Group Website: Cedar Thomas & Allison Cramer - St. Louis Park High School, St. Louis Park - "Lewis Hine: Viewing Child Rights Through a Different Lens "
  • 5th Place Junior Group Documentary: Sam Dale-Gau, Bjorn Holm, & Eli Sage-Martinson - Open World Learning Community, St. Paul - "The Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War"
  • 5th Place Senior Individual Performance: Nick Reed - Jackson County Central High School, Jackson - "The Day God Got Kicked out of School": Abington School District vs. Schempp and the Redefinition of Rights and Responsibilities in American Classrooms"
  • 6th Place Junior Group Website: Sabrina Brown & Anna Lee - Sunrise Park Middle School, White Bear Lake - "Korematsu v. United States"
  • 7th Place Junior Individual Performance: Jocie Coffler - Lake Harriet Community School, Minneapolis - "The Right to Life: Ann Bilansky's Influence on Minnesota's Death Penalty Laws"
  • 8th Place Junior Group Website: Madhav Singh, Ben Anderson, & Luke Peichel - Barton Open School, Minneapolis - "Building India's Independence on Pillars of Salt"
  • 9th Place Junior Group Performance: Yaneira Calderon Rodas & Carolina Gomez Diaz - Chaska Middle School West, Chaska - "Lewis Hine: Letting Children Be Children"
  • 10th Place Junior Group Documentary: Jordan McGinty & Sydney Mischke - Buffalo Middle School, Buffalo - "Tragedy in the Factory: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire"
  • 10th Place Senior Individual Website: Kashia Yang - Washington Technology Magnet School, St. Paul - "Japanese Internment: United States Take Responsibility for Loss of Citizen Rights"

Outstanding State Entries:

  • Junior Division: Allison Ackerknecht, Kari Breuer, Margaret Philippi - Group Exhibit - "The Americans With Disabilities Act"
  • Senior Division: Nick Reed - Individual Performance - "The Day God Got Kicked out of School": Abington School District vs. Schempp and the Redefinition of Rights and Responsibilities in American Classrooms"

Patricia E. Behring Teachers of Merit Nominees:

  • Junior Division: Josh Nutter, Carondelet Catholic School
  • Senior Division: Carley Kregness, St. Louis Park High School

 

2013 National Contest

Awards video from Nationals 2013

Results from the 2013 National Contest

Medalists: 

  • 1st Place Senior Group Performance: Kateri Schmidt, Maggie Schmidt, Carly Zimmerman – St. Clare Academy, Mendota Heights - “John Paul II’s Apostolic Journey to Poland”
  • 2nd Place Senior Group Performance: Monica Nelson, Billy Menor, Sarah Becker – John Paul II Homeschool, Ham Lake/Duluth - “Ida Tarbell’s Expose of Standard Oil: A Turning Point in Journalism”
  • 3rd Place Junior Individual Performance: Grace Kellar-Long – Open World Learning Community, St. Paul -  “Little Rock Nine: Struggle for Integration”
  • 3rd Place Junior Individual Website: Noah Rooze – Cyber Village Academy, St. Paul - “Krushchev’s Secret Speech: A Turning Point in Soviet Political Ideas”
  • 3rd Place Junior Group Website: Eric Lagos and Soren Malm – L’Etoile du Nord Fresh Immersion, St. Paul - “Robert Smalls: Commandeering the Planter to Freedom”
  • 3rd Place Senior Group Exhibit: Lindsey Chambers, Nusla Mohamed, Mary Traxler, Holly Hankins – Mankato West High School-  “A Turning Point for the Democratic Party: Hubert Humphrey’s Speech at the 1984 DNC”
  • 3rd Place Senior Individual Documentary: Maddie Pavek – Century High School, Rochester - “Out of the Closet and Into the Streets: Frank Kameny and the Mattachine Society of Washington D.C.”
  • 3rd Place Senior Individual Performance: Sarah Westad – White Bear Lake High School - “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the 14th  Amendment: The Turning Point of In re Gault”

Finalists:

  • 5th Place Senior Group Documentary: Frances Matejcek, Becky Norling-Ruggles, Grace Palmer – South High School Minneapolis - “Driven to Decline: Interstate Highways, Suburbanization, and Urban Decay”
  • 6th Place Junior Individual Performance: Anna Mulhern – Seward Montessori School, Minneapolis - “The U.S. Dakota War of 1862: A Tragic Turning Point Fueled by Greed,Corruption, and Racism”
  • 7th Place Senior Individual Website: Audrey Dombro – Highland Park Senior High, St. Paul - “Eugene Francois Vidocq and the Turning Point in Crime Fighting”
  • 8th Place Junior Group Documentary: Simon Dungan-Seaver, Eli Sage-Martinson, Bjorn Holm – Open World Learning Community, St. Paul - “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862: A Turning Point in Dakota Culture”
  • 8th Place Junior Paper: Sarah Wheaton – Twin Cities Academy, St. Paul - “The GI Bill: A Ticket to the American Dream”
  • 8th Place Junior Group Website: Miranda Skinner and Eleanor O’Callaghan – Capitol Hill School, St. Paul - “A Turning Point in Medicine: the Invention of Chemotherapy”
  • 8th Place: Senior Group Website: Kathleen Watson and Maziere Flynn – Highland Park Senior High, St. Paul - “The 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill”
  • 11th Place Junior Paper: Olivia DiGiorno – Parkview Center School, Roseville - “On the Brink: Nuclear Warfare in the Cuban Missile Crisis”
  • 11th Place Junior Group Performance: Grace Gardner and Sovigne Gardner – Cyber Village Academy, St. Paul - Spartacus: the Movie that Broke the Blacklist”
  • 11th Place Senior Group Documentary: Bailey Hilgren and Luke Isensee – Chatfield High School - "Making a Splash: A Turning Point in Environmental Legislation”

Outstanding State Entries:

  • Junior Division: Anna Mulhern - Junior Individual Performance - “The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862: A Tragic Turning Point Fueled by Greed, Corruption, and Racism”
  • Senior Division: Frances Matejcek, Becky Norling-Ruggles, Grace Palmer - Senior Group Documetary - “Driven to Decline: Interstate Highways, Suburbanization, and Urban Decay”
 
Patricia E. Behring Teachers of Merit Nominees:
  • Junior Division: Erin Anderson, Parkview Center School
  • Senior Division: Susanne Hollingsworth, Open World Learning Community
 

National History Day in Minnesota is sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota, Department of History
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