Special Prizes

2016 African-American History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, National Capital Parks-East, National Park Service
African-American History Prize

Sponsored by The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, National Capital Parks-East, National Park Service, which preserves the home of the legendary Dr. Carter G. Woodson located in Washington, D.C. This prize is awarded to the outstanding entry in either division whose research and presentation relates to and/or is inspired by the life and times of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

Alex Spiride & Mark Mathenge & Joshua Mathew & Kimberly Nguyen & Jude Franklin
Plano, TX, Plano East Senior High School
Category:
Senior Group Performance
Teacher(s):
Kathy Witcher & Richard Walker
Entry:

I Too, am America

2016 American Labor History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
American Labor Studies Center
American Labor History Prize

The American Labor Studies Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to collect, analyze, create and disseminate labor history and labor studies curricula and related materials. The American Labor Studies Center prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category, in either division, that involves an aspect of American labor history, including the role that individuals and/or labor organizations have played in American economic, political, legislative, social or cultural life.

Hannah Poginy & Annika Socia
Barton, VT, St. Paul’s Catholic School
Category:
Junior Group Performance
Teacher(s):
Susan Guilmette
Entry:

The Newsboy Strike of 1899

2016 Asian-American History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
National Park Service
Asian-American History Prize

This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Asian-American history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in both the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes the Asian-American experience. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.

Atalie Thatch
Lander, WY, Lander Middle School
Category:
Junior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
Gayla Hammer
Entry:

The Fall of Saigon: Beauty for Ashes

Solomon Bloomfield & Philip Ding & Jaden Hoechstetter & Arianna Konstantopoulos
Boulder, CO, Fairview High School
Category:
Senior Group Exhibit
Teacher(s):
Leigh Campbell-Hale & Scott Peoples
Entry:

The Fall of Saigon: Beauty for Ashes

2016 Captain Ken Coskey Naval History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Naval Historical Foundation
Captain Ken Coskey Naval History Prize

This prize is sponsored by the Naval Historical Foundation, which has focused on preservation, education and commemoration of naval history since 1926. The prize is named for the late Captain Ken Coskey, a Vietnam War combat aviator and Prisoner of War, and former executive director of the Naval Historical Foundation. During his fifteen years in leadership roles at the Naval Historical Center and the Naval Historical Foundation, he became a strong supporter of National History Day. The award is given to the best entry on naval history in any category and both divisions.

Cassandra Taylor
Mobile, AL, Phillips Preparatory School
Category:
Junior Individual Website
Teacher(s):
Cheryl Burch
Entry:

Exploring the CSS Alabama: Encounters of the Confederate Raider and the Fiery Exchange with the Kearsarge

Allie Tubbs
Johnston, IA, Johnston Middle School
Category:
Senior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
Kathy Paul
Entry:

Grace Hopper Dared to Explore Computer Coding, Encounter the Glass Ceiling, and Exchange Intellectual Concepts

2016 Chronicling America: Historic American Newspaper Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The National Endowment for the Humanities
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Prize

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this prize is awarded in both the Junior and Senior divisions to an outstanding entry in any category that utilizes the newspaper resources that are available on the Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers web site (www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov). Each content item from Chronicling America (article, image, etc.) used for the entry must be noted in the Primary Sources section of the Annotated Bibliography and follow proper NHD citation guidelines for Web content. The Chronicling America web site provides free access to over 10 million pages of select digitized historic newspapers published between 1836 and 1922. It is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a long-term partnership between NEH and the Library of Congress to digitize representative historic newspapers from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Chronicling America currently has digitized newspapers from 39 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, with new content added regularly, including newspapers published in foreign languages starting with Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Primary sources are not limited to newspaper articles, but also include advertisements, images, literary prose, and other content that appears in historic newspapers. In addition to providing basic factual details about an event or topic, historic newspapers can shed light on local perspectives about a major historical event, insight into social or cultural practices, traditions, political opinions, economic circumstances, and a wealth of other historical information. For more information on NEH visit their homepage at http://www.neh.gov/.

Olivia Deyoung
Highland, IN, Highland Christian School
Category:
Junior Individual Website
Teacher(s):
Richard Vanderwoude
Entry:

Nikola Tesla: Exploring Electricit

Claire Galvin
Galvin, WV, Home School
Category:
Senior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
Laura Galvin
Entry:

The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of Elisha Kent Kane

2016 Civil Rights Prize
Prize Sponsor:
March on Washington Film Festival
Civil Rights Prize

This prize is sponsored by the March on Washington Film Festival, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the events, heroes and heroines – both iconic and unsung – of the Civil Rights Era; to inspiring a renewed passion for activism; and changing the way Civil Rights is taught in our nation’s schools. The Festival believes deeply in the power of ordinary people to impact change and alter the trajectory of their lives through small acts of extraordinary courage, acts that often go unrecorded in the annals of history. The Festival also believes in the transforming power of the creative arts to touch minds and hearts, to tell new stories, and to spark systemic changes in society. This prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category in both the junior and senior divisions that demonstrates an appreciation of the people and events of the Civil Rights era in a revealing and/or original way.

Jane Nilson
Cleveland, OH, Birchwood School
Category:
Junior Individual Paper
Teacher(s):
Connie Miller
Entry:

Cleveland’s Hough Riots: The Violent Encounter that Ushered in New Hope for African-American Leadership and Municipal Reform

Raelynn Parham, Logan Wood & Will Lalman
Morrison, OK, Morrison High School
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Patty Sanders
Entry:

Brushstrokes and Bloodshed: Emory Douglas and the Rise of the Black Panthers

2016 Civil War History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The Civil War Trust
Civil War History Prize

Sponsored by the Civil War Trust, a non-profit organization that promotes appreciation and stewardship of our nation’s historical, cultural, and environmental heritage through preservation of significant Civil War battlefields and supporting preservation and education programs. This prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category and from either division which focuses on the history of the American Civil War.

Madelyn Moy & Audrey Pettigrew
Chicago, IL, Payton College Prep High School
Category:
Senior Group Exhibit
Teacher(s):
Aaron Weiss
Entry:

Eighty Acres of Hell: Camp Douglas and Its Impact on Warfare

2016 Corps of Discovery Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation
Corps of Discovery Prize

Sponsored by the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, this prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category, in both the Junior and Senior divisions, that best utilizes original sources [journals, letters, newspapers, maps, government records and/or oral histories, etc.] to focus on the Corps of Discovery. Topics could include the Corps of Discovery, an individual expedition member, government official, or tribal leader, natural history, international politics and exploration, cartography, the sciences, leadership, diplomacy, or the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail or a related historic site. For more information about the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation, visit: www.lewisandclark.org.

Caleb O’Mara & Jonas O’Mara
Keene, NH, Keene
Category:
Junior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Sean O’Mara
Entry:

“To extend the bounds of science, and promote the acquisition of knowledge”

Kevin Boyd & Adriana Carter
Charleston, SC, Academic Magnet High School
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Meredith Petty
Entry:

Lewis and Clark: The Exploration of the Louisana Territory

2016 Discovery or Exploration in History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The Library of Congress
Discovery or Exploration in History Prize

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this prize is awarded in the junior and senior divisions for an outstanding project in any category on American or international discovery or exploration. The Elizabeth Ridgway fund was established in memory of Ms. Ridgway, Library of Congress Education Outreach Director, for her passion for history, students, education, and the Library of Congress.

River Gayton
Jackson, WY, Jackson Hole Middle School
Category:
Junior Individual Exhibit
Teacher(s):
Gregory Poduska
Entry:

Anne Mansfield Sullivan and Her Remarkable Journey to Dramatically Change our World’s Perception of Disabled Individuals

Patrick Ruan, Emily Zhang & Qiuhong (Anna) Wei
Shanghai, CH, Concordia International School Shanghai
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Michael Kennedy, Cindy Farley & Randy Farley
Entry:

The Mogao Grottoes: A Thousand Years of Buddhism

2016 Equality in History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Celie and Tabitha Niehaus
Equality in History Prize

Sponsored by Celie and Tabitha Niehaus, this prize is awarded in both the junior and senior divisions to an outstanding entry in any category that illuminates the history of human equality, especially with respect to the role that individuals and/or organizations have played in the efforts for isolated groups (e.g., LGBT, women, and girls) to have the same status in certain respects, often including civil, voting, and property rights, freedom of speech, marriage and gender equality, and equal access to social goods and services.

Megan Mwaura
Harrisburg, PA, St. Margaret Mary School
Category:
Junior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
James Collins & Mary Jo Pronio
Entry:

Women’s Suffrage Movement: Carrie Chapman Catt Explores Women’s Rights

Vanessa Sun, Rachel Kim & Alan Chen
New Hyde Park, NY, Herricks High School
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Melissa Jacobs & Samantha Gerantabee
Entry:

The Freedmen’s Bureau: “Standing on the River of Jordan”, Exchanging Chains for Freedom’s Opportunity

2016 George Washington Leadership in History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum, & Gardens
George Washington Leadership in History Prize

Sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, this prize will be awarded to an outstanding project in both the junior and senior divisions that demonstrates a clear understanding of Washington’s character and the ideas and events that defined his leadership in his roles as commander in chief of the Continental Army, presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention, entrepreneur, and/or first president and connects his legacy to events and ideas of the 21st century.

Libby Pleva
Madison, WI, Eagle School
Category:
Junior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
Janice Lacock
Entry:

“Outwitting Them All”: How George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring Helped Win the Revolutionary War

Matthew Broussard & Kyleigh Fanning
Baytown, TX, Impact Early College High School
Category:
Senior Group Documentary
Teacher(s):
Steve Koester & Michael Fanning
Entry:

From Confederation to Nation

2016 Global Peace Prize
Prize Sponsor:
U.S. Institute of Peace
Global Peace Prize

This prize is sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the independent organization created by Congress to prevent and mitigate international conflict without resorting to violence. Created in 1984, USIP engages directly in conflict zones and provides analysis, education and resources to those working for peace around the world. This prize will be awarded in both the Junior and Senior Divisions to an outstanding entry that demonstrates America’s commitment to peace, including the role that individuals, organizations and/or the U.S. government have played in advancing the cause of global peace. Students are encouraged to think broadly about the concepts of peace and peacebuilding. They can encompass many forms and themes such as pursuing diplomatic solutions to international conflicts; bringing divided communities together; providing access to education, economic development, justice and the rule of law; addressing gender or other inequalities; or other initiatives intended to prevent or resolve violent conflict around the world. For more information visit www.buildingpeace.org.

Summer Royal
Honolulu, HI, Stevenson Middle School
Category:
Junior Individual Documentary
Teacher(s):
Rose Yonamine
Entry:

The Shock of the Century: How the Sputnik Won the First Space Race, Rising from the Ashes of Peenemunde, on the Wings of Soviet Propaganda

Maggie Olshove, Shalyn McFarling & Rachel Knight
Staunton, VA, Augusta Co-Op
Category:
Senior Group Performance
Teacher(s):
Lisa Olshove
Entry:

Eleanor Roosevelt and the Promise of Human Rights

2016 History in the Federal Government Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Society for History in the Federal Government
History in the Federal Government Prize

Sponsored by the Society for History in the Federal Government, a national professional organization open to all that are interested in federal history programs and the history of all branches of the U.S. government. The prize is awarded to the best entry in any category, in either division, which illuminates the history of the American federal government.

Juliana Rodrigues, Max Bueno, Samantha Gilbert, Emily Strickland & Joe Zarif
Middlebury, CT, Memorial Middle School
Category:
Junior Group Performance
Teacher(s):
Sharon Wlodarczyk & Karl Buckley
Entry:

Alexander Hamilton Explores a Financial System for the New Nation of America

2016 History of Agriculture and Rural Life Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Agricultural History Society
History of Agriculture and Rural Life Prize

Sponsored by the Agricultural History Society the prize is awarded to the best project in either division, in any category, focused on the history of agriculture and/or rural life in any country or time period. The Agricultural Historical Society was founded in 1919 to promote the study of the history of agriculture and rural life in America and throughout the world.

Gabrielle Uy
Manila, IS-SA, The British School Manila
Category:
Junior Individual Exhibit
Teacher(s):
Kate Petty & James Cox
Entry:

The Columbian Exchange: The Beginning or The End?

2016 Immigration History Award Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Lombardo Family
Immigration History Award Prize

This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Immigration history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in either division that documents and analyzes Immigration to the United States. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subjects (s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.

Zara Aamer, Nithya Reddy, Athena Nomula & Anjali Shah
Montville, NJ, Montville Township High School
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Peter Porter & Stefanie Sanfilippo
Entry:

Antonio Meucci and the Telettrofono

2016 Irish or Irish-American History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Ancient Order of Hibernians
Irish or Irish-American History Prize

Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) the prizes are awarded to two projects in either junior or senior divisions, in any category. The entries must demonstrate excellence in the study or presentation of Irish/Irish-American History. The AOH and LAOH are the oldest, largest and most prominent Irish Catholic fraternal organizations in the nation. Founded in New York and Pennsylvania in 1836, its membership exceeds 100,000. The medals awarded with these prizes are in honor of Commodore John Barry, USN (1745 – 1803) who was a native of Ireland and Founder of the U.S. Navy. The AOH award is two round trip tickets to Ireland or $2,000 and the LAOH Scholarship Assistance Award is $1,500. Awards given can both be in the same division.

Aubrey Bando & Elaina Madison
Nebraska City, NE, Lourdes Central Catholic
Category:
Junior Group Documentary
Teacher(s):
Roxann Penfield & Cathy Thomas
Entry:

The British Government: Exploring Ways to End the Irish Famine

Mary Brao
South Hamilton, MA, Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
Category:
Senior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
Vincent Bucci
Entry:

Mary Mallon: Science Bends to the Anti-Irish Prejudice

2016 Latino-American History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
National Park Service
Latino-American History Prize

This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Latino-American history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in both the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes the Latino-American experience. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.

Daniela Castillo
Traverse City, MI, Traverse City West Middle School
Category:
Junior Individual Paper
Teacher(s):
Brett Graham
Entry:

Rosario Castellanos: A Journey to Equality Through Self-Expression – An Essay on Exploration, Encounter and Exchange

Yukie Armenta & Fabiola Melendez
Moriarty, NM, Moriarty High School
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Amy Page
Entry:

Bracero Exchange: Encountering Labor Shortages and Exploring International Diplomacy

2016 Lee Allen History of Baseball Award Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Society for American Baseball Research
Lee Allen History of Baseball Award Prize

Sponsored by the Society for American Baseball Research, an association of over 6,000 individuals who enjoy reading, writing, talking, and learning about all aspects of baseball. The Lee Allen prize honors the best entry in any category and in either division relating to baseball which best demonstrates research skills, accuracy, and an appreciation of the national pastime. The prize is named in honor of Lee Allen, the historian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum from 1950-1969.

Thomas McKenna
Lovettsville, VA, McKenna Homeschool
Category:
Junior Individual Paper
Teacher(s):
Elizabeth McKenna
Entry:

The Path to the Sugar Mill or the Path to Millions: The MLB Baseball Academy’s Effect on the Dominican Republic

2016 Legacy Award Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Creativity Foundation
Legacy Award Prize

This prize is awarded to a student in recognition of their unique creative talents and dedication to public service. Students are nominated by their teachers and must compete at the national contest to be considered. The award winner is decided on by a council of NHD state coordinators.

Matthew Broussard
Baytown, TX, Impact Early College High School
Category:
Senior Group Documentary
Teacher(s):
Steve Koester & Michael Fanning
Entry:

From Confederation to Nation

2016 Native American History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The National Park Service
Native American History Prize

This prize is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in the study of Native American history. The prize is awarded to an outstanding student project in both the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes the Native American experience. The subject(s) can be an individual, group(s), a right, challenge(s), triumph(s), or any topic that has historical significance, influence or impact. The project should explain why the subject(s) is/are important and place it/them in historical context.

Tyler Kaus
Chadron, NE, Chadron Middle School
Category:
Junior Individual Documentary
Teacher(s):
Cathy Kaus
Entry:

Thomas Savage: An Exchange at Jamestown

Hilary Griggs
Lawrence, KS, Bishop Seabury Academy
Category:
Senior Individual Paper
Teacher(s):
Sonja Czarnecki
Entry:

The Chouteau Brothers: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in the Eighteenth Century Missouri River Valley

2016 The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Prize
Prize Sponsor:
The National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine’s History of Medicine Prize

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, this prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category, in the Senior division, that best utilizes the National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, whether primary or secondary sources, obtained via an NLM database/service such as MEDLINE Plus, PubMed, PubMed Central, NLM’s DIgital Collections, Images from the History of Medicine or by visiting the library.

Taseen Alam, Angela Zhao, Michael Abelar, Tiffany Paul & Varun Sudabathula
Freehold, NJ, Homeschool
Category:
Senior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Najma Alam
Entry:

Henrietta Lacks: Ordinary Woman and Extraordinary Cells

2016 U.S. Constitution Award Prize
Prize Sponsor:
National Archives and Records Administration
U.S. Constitution Award Prize

Sponsored by the National Archives and Records Administration, the prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category and in both Junior and Senior divisions that uses the records of the Federal government to either illuminate the creation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution or to focus on Constitutional issues throughout American History.

Juliana Rodrigues, Max Bueno, Samantha Gilbert, Emily Strickland & Joe Zarif
Middlebury, CT, Memorial Middle School
Category:
Junior Group Performance
Teacher(s):
Sharon Wlodarczyk & Karl Buckley
Entry:

Alexander Hamilton Explores a Financial System for the New Nation of America

Brian Holt
Huntingtown, MD, Huntingtown High School
Category:
Senior Individual Website
Teacher(s):
Jonathan Moreland
Entry:

The Iran-Contra Affair: Patriotism or Politics?

2016 United States Marine Corps History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
United States Marine Corps History Prize

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the study of Marine Corps history and traditions, this prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category in either the junior or senior division that demonstrates an appreciation of Marine Corps History.

Ethan Rokke
Monument, CO, Palmer Ridge High School
Category:
Senior Individual Website
Teacher(s):
Mark Ewig
Entry:

The Barbary War: America’s Birth as a Global Power

2016 White House History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
White House Historical Association
White House History Prize

Sponsored by the White House Historical Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion, this prize is awarded to an outstanding project in both the Junior and Senior divisions that documents and analyzes White House history through such subjects as individual presidents, first ladies, residence staff, White House art and architecture, or important events that took place in the White House.

Astrid Umanzor, Brenda Bettero, Eve Lescovitz, Marisol Palencia & Kathy Umanzor
Revere, MA, Susan B. Anthony Middle School
Category:
Junior Group Performance
Teacher(s):
Tina Petty
Entry:

Exploring the Role of First Ladies Through United States History

Maddy Suna, Eunice Min & Katie Campanelli
Shaker Heights, OH, Shaker Heights High School
Category:
Senior Group Exhibit
Teacher(s):
Sarah Davis
Entry:

Eleanor Roosevelt’s My Day

2016 Women’s History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
National Women’s History Museum
Women’s History Prize

Sponsored by the National Women’s History Museum, this prize is awarded to the best project in either division, in any category, that focuses on the contribution, accomplishments, experiences, and perspectives of women in U.S. history.

Madison Albert
Cumberland Center, ME, Greely Middle School
Category:
Junior Individual Exhibit
Teacher(s):
Kathi Kearney
Entry:

Protector of the Children: Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in Florence Kelley’s Fight Against Child Labor

2016 World War II History Prize
Prize Sponsor:
National World War II Museum
World War II History Prize

The National World War II Museum illuminates the American experience during the WWII era with moving personal stories, historic artifacts and powerful interactive displays. This prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in both the junior and senior divisions that involves World War II history.

Kennedi Anderson & Emily Garrison
McDonough, GA, Impact Academy
Category:
Junior Group Website
Teacher(s):
Kelley Theodocion
Entry:

Exploring the Secret City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Morgan McCall
Moriarty, NM, Moriarty High School
Category:
Senior Individual Performance
Teacher(s):
Amy Page
Entry:

A ‘Home Away From Home’ : Exploring Soldier Morale and Exchanges of Patriotism Through the USO