Project Examples

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These are winning entries from previous National History Day Contests.

2017 - Taking a Stand
2016 - Exploration Encounter Exchange
2015 - Leadership and Legacy
2014 - Rights and Responsibilities
2017 - Taking a Stand
Documentaries
The 1971 FBI Burglary: Taking A Stand Against Illegal Government Surveillance
YouTube
3rd Place Junior Individual Documentary
August Butterworth
Chaska Middle School East
Minnesota
Process Paper
Annotated Bibliography

The Statement that Revealed the Truth: Josiah DuBois, an American Holocaust Hero
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Group Documentary
Sam Bitman, Shayna Herzfeld, Gabby O'Brien, and Asha Mohapatra
School: Rosa International Middle School
New Jersey
Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography

Planting Seeds to End World Hunger: Norman Borlaug's Fight Against Famine
YouTube
3rd Place Junior Group Documentary
Audrey Faricy, Sebastian Helgeson, and Sruthi Subramanian
Parkview Center School
Minnesota
Annotated Bibliography
Process Paper

Schoolhouse Speech: Taking a Stand in Tinker v. Des Moines
YouTube
1st Place Senior Individual Documentary
Ian Kavanaugh
Mansfield High School
Massachusetts
Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography

Standing with the Voiceless: The Life and Legacy of Archbishop Oscar Romero
You Tube
1st Place Senior Group Documentary
Venkata Panabakam, Sidra Nadeem, and Denise Martinez
Rogers New Technology High School
Arkansas
Process Paper
Annotated Bibliography

Beyond the Shadow of Agent Orange: Veterans Stand for Justice
You Tube
3rd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Jake Blum
Howard High School
Maryland
Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography
Exhibits
In a League of Their Own: How Ludwig Guttmann’s Paralympics Put the ‘Ability’ in ‘Disability’
2nd Place Junior Group Exhibit
Vidyut Baskar and Pranav Sheokand
Evergreen Middle School
Washington
Process Paper

Loving v. Virginia: Taking a Stand for Marriage
3rd Place Junior Individual Exhibit
Aliyah Hamlin
Sunrise Park Middle School
Minnesota
Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography

“LAW. NOT WAR.” Benjamin Ferencz’s Lifelong Stand for Peace Through Justice
1st Place Senior Group Exhibit
Creed King and Katherine Powell
Leon High School
Florida
Process Paper

A Force of Nature": Wangari Maathai Fights for the Environment and the People
3rd Place Senior Group Exhibit
Sara Skwaryk, Rebecca Wahlenmayer, and Elizabeth Wahlenmayer
Girard High School
Pennsylvania
Annotated Bibliography
Process Paper
Papers
Margaret Sanger, Taking a Stand for Birth Control
1st Place Junior Paper
Ingrid Mundt
Capitol Hill Magnet School
Minnesota

"By the Code of Humanity": Ralph Carr Takes a Stand for Japanese American Rights in World War II
Annotated Bibliography
1st Place Senior Paper
Stephanie Reitzig
School: Niwot High School
Colorado

Frank Kameny: Standing Up for Gay Rights in Government and Society
2nd Place Senior Paper
Annette Quinn
Conway High School
Arkansas
Performances
Beyond the Boundaries of Barbed Wire: Japanese Americans in a Stand for Racial Justice
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Performance
Faith Nishimura
Claremont High School
California
Process Paper
Annotated Bibliography

Solidarity: The Polish People Take a Stand for Freedom
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Performance
Sydney Fox, Allison Hodge, and Matthew Clark
Buchanan High School
California

The Sun Rises: Sakamoto Ryoma's Stand for Modernization in Retrospect to the Past, Present, and Future
YouTube
3rd Place Senior Group Performance
Nicole Zhong, Kevin Jin, Charlie Kong, and Qingyun Wang
Concordia International School
China
Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography
Websites
Tinker v. Des Moines: The Silent Stand
1st Place Junior Individual Website
Saba Shakir
New Vistas Center for Education
Arizona

Calling the Shots: Taking a Stand Against the Speckled Monster
1st Place Junior Group Website
Sophie Mullaney and Alexander Szymanski
Midtown International School
Georgia

Mother Jones: Marching with the Mill Children
1st Place Senior Group Website
Hannah Doyle, Zachary Matson
Hanford High and Delta High
Washington
Annotated Bibliography
Process Paper

Stanislav Petrov: An Unlikely Hero of the Cold War
3rd Place Senior Group Website
Yi Chen (Luke) Chang & Danny Yu
SMIC Private School
Shanghai, China
Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography

A Mosaic of a Movement: Alice Paul and the Fight for Women's Rights
3rd Place Senior Individual Website
Meghana Srivastava
West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North
New Jersey
Annotated Bibliography
Process Paper
2016 - Exploration Encounter Exchange
Documentaries
When Ballet Came to America
YouTube
1st Place Junior Group Documentary
Genevieve Haskins and Eleanor McCoy
Georgia
Process Paper

The Munich Agreement: Exploring Peace, Encountering False Promises, and Exchanging Czechoslovakia for "Peace for our Time"
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Group Documentary
Lauren Stoneman and Siena Perna
Wisconsin
Process Paper

Introducing Americans to America
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Documentary
Sydney Dye and Caroline Murphy
North Carolina
Process Paper | Bibliography

Reconstructing Korea's Crippled Economy: Korean Miners and Nurses in Germany
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Group Documentary
Miriam Son, James Pierog, Jeanie Lee, and Sunny Chung Lee
Korea
Process Paper

The Awakening of the Sleeping Giant: How Sino-American Rapprochement Triggered China's Meteoric Rise and What It Means Today
YouTube
1st Place Junior Individual Documentary
Bobby Aiyer
Washington
Process Paper

Nikola Tesla : Exploring an Electrical Era
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Akshaya Kumar
Iowa
Process Paper

The Journey of Sugar: Neither Short nor Sweet
YouTube
1st Place Senior Individual Documentary
Aditya Ailiani
Wisconsin
Process Paper | Bibliography

Silence Kills: Temoignage and the Dilemma of Humanitarian Aid
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Adam Nussbaum
California
Process Paper
Exhibits
The Apollo-Soyuz Mission: Launching a Unified Exchange
1st Place Junior Group Exhibit
Trinity Yeo, Mehek Jain, Callie Elms, and Tara Ampolini
Singapore
Process Paper | Bibliography

An Old Enemy Becomes New - World War I's Deadliest Killer
2nd Place Junior Group Exhibit
Abeedah Hassan and Spandana Amirneni
Ohio
Process Paper

Fifteen Cents to See the Infants on Display
1st Place Senior Group Exhibit
Gabrielle Hines and Jennifer Gilby
Florida
Process Paper

WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots: Exchanging Traditional Roles, Exploring Military Aviation and Encountering Discrimination
2nd Place Senior Group Exhibit
Priscila and Daniella Garcia
Texas
Process Paper | Bibliography

How the US Dollar Rebuilt the World
2nd Place Junior Individual Exhibit
Rudy Moise
Florida
Process Paper | Bibliography

The Transcontinental Railroad: Exploring the West, Encountering Pitfalls, and Exchanging Culture
1st Place Senior Individual Exhibit
Kelli Susemihl
Iowa
Process Paper | Bibliography

Breaking Biological Boundaries: Rosalind Franklin and the Experimental Foundation of the Double Helix Theory
3rd Place Senior Individual Exhibit
Michaila Peters
Pennsylvania
Process Paper
Performances
Mary Musgrove: Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in the life of an Indian Princess
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Performance
Mercy Koehler and Devin Snyder
Georgia
Process Paper

American Exodus: The Okies' Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the San Joaquin Valley
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Group Performance
Matthew Clark, Austin Cozzi, Kelsey Ewing, Sydney Fox, and Allison Hodge
California
Process Paper

Dare to Explore: How the Founding of the National Geographic Society Changed the Scientific Community Forever
YouTube
1st Place Junior Individual Performance
Harper Hoover
Texas
Process Paper

Black, White and Blue: Vivien Thomas and the Cure for Blue Baby Syndrome
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Individual Performance
Jasmine Hughley
Georgia
Process Paper | Bibliography

Exploring and Exchanging Rhythms: Master Juba and the Early History of Tap Dance
YouTube
1st Place Senior Individual Performance
Elisa Trujillo
Kansas
Process Paper

On Track to Citizenship: The Exploration, Encounter and Symbolic Exchange of the Wanamaker Expedition of Citizenship to the North American Indian
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Performance
Isabella Bowland
Process Paper | Bibliography
Websites
Feminists in Flight: Exploring Gender Equality at 32,000 Feet
1st Place Junior Group Website
Sophia Burick, Kelly McDonald, and Katherine McKernan
California
Process Paper

Unit 731: Perpetrators of the Asian Holocaust
3rd Place Junior Group Website
Daks Golpalani and Aman Agarwal
Arizona
Process Paper | Bibliography

The Visionary Exploration of Jacques Cousteau: Changing Perceptions of the Ocean through Undersea Encounters
1st Place Senior Group Website
Grace and Sovigne Gardner
Minnesota
Process Paper | Bibliography

China's Surge into Silk: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of the Silk Road
2nd Place Senior Group Website
Tigan Donaldson and Brian Ely
Alaska
Process Paper | Bibliography

Duel and Duality: New Journalism, New York
1st Place Senior Individual Website
Shay Pezzulo
Connecticut
Process Paper | Bibliography
2015 - Leadership and Legacy
Documentaries
Henry Ford: Driving America into the Future
YouTube
1st Place Junior Group Documentary
Michelle and Francis Kroll
Process Paper

Marie Curie: Impacting Science through Radioactivity
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Group Documentary
Julia Oostema and Cate Peerbolte
Process Paper | Bibliography

Ella Baker: A Legacy of Grassroots Leadership
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Documentary
Siena Leone-Getten and Paying Lor
Process Paper

Eunice Kennedy Shriver: The Backyard Vision and a Global Legacy
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Group Documentary
Madison Kesel, Jessica Thompson, and Liberty Schultz
Process Paper

A Legacy of Love and Laughter: Robert Porterfield's Bater Theatre
YouTube
1st Place Junior Individual Documentary
Mia Lazar
Process Paper

Reinventing the American Superhero: The Charismatic Leadership and Cultural Legacy of Stan Lee
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Hazel Homer-Wambeam
Process Paper
Exhibits
Performances
The Brothers Grimm: How Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Led the Movement to Preserve Culture Through Stories and Created a Legacy of Literature
YouTube
1st Place Junior Group Performance
Samantha Penny, Clancy Penny, Grace Bowen, Lillian Ward & McCollough Perry
Process Paper

A Terrible Beauty is Born: The Leadership of James Connolly and Patrick Pearse and the Controversial Legacy of the Easter Rising
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Performance
Isabella Altherr, Annabel Barry, Quinn Barry, Maxwell Chung & Shannon Madden
Process Paper

Victory at All Costs: The Leadership and Legacy of Winston Churchill
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
1st Place Senior Individual Performance
Jay Mehta
Websites
Jacqueline Cochran: Flying Towards the Future
1st Place Junior Group Website
Grace McDonald & Hannah Mackenzie
Process Paper | Bibliography

Lillian Wald: Founder of Public Health Nursing
2nd Place Junior Group Website
Kimberly Rae & Sirui Chen
Process Paper | Bibliography

To Learn or to Earn? The National Child Labor Committee and the Fight to End Child Exploitation
1st Place Senior Group Website
Niharika Boinpally & Divya Pakianathan
Process Paper | Bibliography

The Seeing Eye: The Leadership and Legacy of Morris Frank
1st Place Junior Individual Website
Neha Shakir
Process Paper | Bibliography

John Muir: Leadership and Legacy in Establishing and Preserving National Parks
3rd Place Junior Individual Website
Adriana Ballinger
Process Paper | Bibliography

Alan Turing’s Mechanical Brain
1st Place Senior Individual Website
Cody Baker
Process Paper | Bibliography

Frances Oldham Kelsey, One Woman’s Legacy: Changing The FDA
2nd Place Senior Individual Website
Sharon Mathew
Process Paper | Bibliography
2014 - Rights and Responsibilities
Documentaries
Vietnam Prisoners of War: Taking Responsibility When Deprived of All Rights
YouTube
1st Place Junior Group Documentary
Jethro Abatayo & Jeffery Logan Gibert
Process Paper & Bibliography

¡Huelga! Delano’s Cry for Equality
YouTube
5th Place Senior Group Documentary
Nicholas Cockrell, David Skorut & Harry Han
Process Paper & Bibliography

The Ojibwe Spearfishing Controversy
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Lance Letellier
Process Paper | Bibliography

Japanese Internment Camps: Rights, Responsibilities and Reparations
YouTube
3rd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Mary Jo Dalsin
Process Paper | Bibliography

Rough in the Bunch Appalachia’s Rayon Girls Fight for the Right to Strike
YouTube
1st Place Senior Individual Documentary
Emma Grace Thompson
Process Paper & Bibliography

The Workers Paradise: Finnish-Americans Destitute of Rights in Soviet Karelia
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Alex Bare
Process Paper & Bibliography
Exhibits
The Loss and Restoration of Rights: Japanese-Americans of WWII
2nd Place Junior Group Exhibit
Ruth Jaensubhakij & Hana Matsudaira
Process Paper | Bibliography

Eminent Domain: The Expansion of Government Responsibility and the Erosion of Private Property Rights
3rd Place Junior Group Exhibit
Sarah Puchner & Christopher Puchner
Process Paper | Bibliography

Right to Education – Responsibility to Educate: The Story of America’s Okie Immigrants and the Arvin Federal Emergency School
1st Place Senior Group Exhibit
Brooke Richter, Makay Moss, Caitlyn Richter & Kaitlyn Moss
Process Paper & Bibliography

“Every Man a King” Questioning Right and Long
2nd Place Senior Group Exhibit
Mia Radovanovic & Connor Corbett
Process Paper & Bibliography

Ryan White – A Boy Without Rights Changes a Nation
3rd Place Junior Individual Exhibit
Terra Sikorski
Process Paper | Bibliography

Malaga Island: The Community That Maine Erased
1st Place Senior Individual Exhibit
Noah Binette
Process Paper | Bibliography
Papers
Responsibility, Love and Politics in Britain’s Kindertransport
1st Place Senior Paper
Tasha Holtman

The Patent Eligibility Trilogy
2nd Place Senior Paper
Valerie (May) Tomic
Performances
The Farm Security Administration Photography Project: Human Rights and Government Responsibility through an Altered Lens
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Group Performance
Isabella Altherr, Annabel Barry, Pierce Barry, Quinn Barry & Jaden Esse
Process Paper & Bibliography

From Press, to Public, to Politicians: Exploring the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: It’s Impact on the Rights of Human Subjects and the Responsibilities of All in a Democratic Society
YouTube
3rd Place Junior Individual Performance
Isabella Ivy Bowland
Process Paper | Bibliography

Words on Trial: The Nazi Book Burnings, Censorship, and Propaganda
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Performance
AnnaClaire Schmiedel
Process Paper & Bibliography

Hanging Satan: The Eradication of Connecticut’s Witch-Craze
YouTube
3rd Place Senior Individual Performance
Nicholas Serrambana
Process Paper | Bibliography