2021 Next Generation Angels Awards



The junior and senior division winners of the 2021 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 2021 during which their achievements were honored and celebrated.

Watch these recorded programs to see the 2021 Next Generation Angels shine and to learn from them about creating their NHD documentaries.

Special thanks go to The Better Angels Society donors John and Jessica Fullerton, whose generous gift makes this program possible.

Mentorship Session with Ken Burns
Wednesday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET
Next Generation Angels Award-Winning Students Discuss Documentary Filmmaking with Ken Burns

Third Annual Student History Documentary Film Festival
Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Special Introduction by Ken Burns

Students Teaching Teachers Forum
Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET


Senior Division Winners

1st Place Senior Individual Documentary
Sasha Allen, Don’t Believe Your Eyes: How Falsified Visual Media Built the Cult of Stalin
As the first place senior division winner, Sasha Allen received the Anne Harrington Award, named for the late longtime friend and colleague of Ken Burns.
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Process Paper and Bibliography

2nd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Ryan Seun Woo Kwon, The Korean Diaspora: Reunion of Separated Families through Media Communication
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Process Paper and Bibliography

3rd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Melinda Chen, Oklahoma! The Dawn of a Beautiful Morning for Storytelling in Musical Theatre
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Process Paper and Bibliography

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


Junior Division Winners

1st Place Junior Individual Documentary
Claire Flynn, Clearing the Air: How John Hersey Communicated Hiroshima Survivors’ Stories to the World and Changed the Global Perspective on Nuclear Weapons
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Process Paper and Bibliography

2nd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Madeline Rong, Norman Rockwell: Communicating Racial Inequality through Art
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Process Paper and Bibliography

3rd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Luke Morris, Hetch Hetchy: Constructing the Framework for Modern Environmentalism
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Process Paper and Bibliography

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


NEW: In support of National History Day's valued partnership with The Better Angels Society, Ken Burns UNUM presents enhanced UNUM Voices playlist students, teachers, and leading voices in politics, history, and media reflecting on key moments of Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences. Explore the full playlist on UNUM here.


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