2020 Next Generation Angels Awards

The junior and senior division winners of the 2020 National History Day individual documentary category received the Next Generation Angels Awards from The Better Angels Society. These six students participated in an engaging series of virtual events in fall 2020 during which their achievements were honored and celebrated. Please enjoy these special events and the students' award-winning documentaries below.



Mentorship Session with Ken Burns
Saturday, November 14, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Next Generation Angels Award-Winning Students Discuss Documentary Filmmaking with Ken Burns

Second Annual Student History Documentary Film Festival
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Special Introduction by Ken Burns

Students Teaching Teachers Forum
Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET
Special Introduction by Ken Burns

Mentorship Session with Professional Documentary Filmmakers
Sunday, October 25, 2020, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Next Generation Angels Award-Winning Students Discuss Documentary Filmmaking with Finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film


Senior Division Winners

1st Place Senior Individual Documentary
Summer Royal, The Tereshkova Effect: The Role of Propaganda in Breaking Barriers
As the first place senior division winner, Summer Royal received the Anne Harrington Award, named for the late longtime friend and colleague of Ken Burns.

Iolani School
Honolulu, Hawaii
Process Paper and Bibliography

2nd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Sophia Alleman, FDR and REA: Bright Light and Power to Rural America

Ursuline High School
Youngstown, Ohio
Process Paper and Bibliography

3rd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Giuliana Alleva, ”Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work:” Leon Sullivan’s Fight Against Job Discrimination

Julia R. Masterman Secondary School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Process Paper and Bibliography

Second Annual Student History Documentary Film Festival: Senior Division Panel Discussion


Junior Division Winners

1st Place Junior Individual Documentary
Allison Reed, All the World Loves a Baby: Breaking the Two Pound Barrier

Washburn Rural Middle School
Topeka, Kansas
Process Paper and Bibliography

2nd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Rishit Shaquib, Harvey Wiley: The Man Who Changed America One Bite at a Time

Howard Middle School
Ocala, Florida
Process Paper and Bibliography

3rd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Caroline Bruton, Penicillin, Breaking Bacterial Barriers

William Monroe Middle School
St. George, Virginia
Process Paper and Bibliography

Second Annual Student History Documentary Film Festival: Junior Division Panel Discussion


View the Winning Films of the 2019 Next Generation Angels Awards