Kahuku High School, Kahuku, Hawaii
BA History from Stanford University
Mrs. Lisa Lessing, Ms. Lori Ishimura
2004 - 2006, Display Board, 2007, Group Documentary, 2008, Individual Documentary
When my topic was the Greensboro Sit-ins, I interviewed one of the original Greensboro Four. When my topic was the U.S. dropping atom bombs in Japan, I interviewed a Japanese man that lived through that time. These interviews were the most impacting on me because it made me realize that this wasn't just an intellectual exercise, but that real people lived through real tragedies and triumphs. With these topics, it is our responsibility to study, learn and affect our world for the better.
The History Day program helped me learn how to conduct research and how to form an opinion that is substantiated by reliable, historical evidence. This propelled me to study Economic History at Stanford and eventually work as a SaaS consultant for in the Utah tech scene.
In the tech and business world, NHD has helped me know how to distinguish good from better/best sources of knowledge, challenge assumptions, and defend various viewpoints with logic and evidence.
I won 1st in my state 2006 - 2008, National Contest 9th Place Group Documentary with a Special Award on Military History 2007.
My employer allows me to take one day of vacation every year to volunteer for a cause. For the past 2 years, I've used my volunteer days to serve as a judge at our local Regional History Day contest.