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These are winning entries from previous National History Day Contests.

2018 - Conflict & Compromise
2017 - Taking a Stand
2016 - Exploration Encounter Exchange
2015 - Leadership and Legacy
2018 - Conflict & Compromise
Documentaries
The Pig War: Confrontation, Escalation, Arbitration
YouTube
Global Peace Prize
Junior Group Documentary
Kyler Wang and Alan Zhou
Stoller Middle School
Oregon
Process Paper and Bibliography

A Splash in History: The Conflict and Compromise of the Indus Waters Treaty
YouTube
1st Place Junior Individual Documentary
Sanjay Kasi
Felix Festa Character Middle School
New York
Process Paper and Bibliography

On the Front Lines of Faith: Chaplains' Reconciliation of Conflicting Roles in the Vietnam War
YouTube
1st Place Senior Individual Documentary
Jake Blum
Howard High School
Maryland
Process Paper and Bibliography

Berkeley on Strike: The Battle for Ethnic Studies
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Documentary
Cleo Chaplin and Adam Nussbaum
Francis Parker High School
California
Process Paper and Bibliography

From Conflict to Compromise: How a Negotiator from Maine Brought Peace to Northern Ireland
YouTube
1st Place Junior Group Documentary
Don Strawbridge and Matthew Gilbert
Greely Middle School
Maine
Process Paper and Bibliography

Sailing Away From the Turbulent Waters of Vietnam: The Overflowing Waves of Boat People
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Individual Documentary
Vy Nguyen
Derby North Middle School
Kansas
Process Paper and Bibliography

Books, Bombs, and Barricades: The Kanawha County Textbook War and West Virginia’s Role in the Rise of Educational Conservatism
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Brennan Lawless
Shady Spring High School
West Virginia
Process Paper
Bibliography

Atlanta: “The City Too Busy to Hate”: the Socioeconomic Compromise that Stunned the South
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Group Documentary
Malik Hubbard and Ke’Von Singleton
Palmetto Scholars Academy
South Carolina
Process Paper and Bibliography

Mississippi Freedom Summer: Compromising Safety in the Midst of Conflict
YouTube
3rd Place Junior Group Documentary
Joanna Chen and Chu-Yin Weng
Jericho Middle School
New York
Process Paper and Bibliography

Chief Washakie: Saving the Shoshone Tribe Through the Creation of the Wind River Reservation
YouTube
3rd Place Senior Group Documentary
Kameron Brough, Jalynne Brough, and Caleb Russell
Lander Middle School
Wyoming
Process Paper and Bibliography

Temporary Truces: How America’s Handling of the Barbary Bullies Molded the U.S. Navy
YouTube
Captain Ken Coskey Naval History Prize
Junior Individual Documentary
Andrew Karafa
Eastern Middle School
Michigan
Process Paper and Bibliography

Defining Korea: How Conflict and Compromise Shaped a Nation
YouTube
United States Marine Corps History Prize
Junior Individual Documentary
Sada Schumann
Sacajawea High School
Montana
Bibliography
Process Paper

The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: Reducing Conflict Through Compromise and Collaboration in Space
Vimeo
Discovery or Exploration in History Prize
Senior Individual Documentary
Mason Kinsey
Clovis West High School
California
Bibliography and Process Paper

Operation Pedro Pan: An Exodus for Hope
YouTube
Latino American History Prize
Senior Individual Documentary
Lucas Mooney
Homeschool
West Virginia
Bibliography
Process Paper
Exhibits
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: How Compromised Health Created an Ethical Conflict
1st Place Senior Individual Exhibit
Kathleen Grube
Roosevelt High School
Minnesota
Process Paper and Bibliography

Arusha Accords: A Genocidal Compromise
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1st Place Senior Group Exhibit
Sofia Ricciarini, Grace Sperber, Emily Perry, Charlotte Dotson, and Sabrina Mellinghoff
New York
Process Paper
Process Paper

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: Fiery Conflict Sparks Compromise
3rd Place Senior Individual Exhibit
Morgan Kapping
Nashua-Plainfield High School
Iowa
Process Paper
Bibliography

The Outer Space Treaty: Rocketing to Peace Through Universal Compromise
Video shown on the exhibit board.
2nd Place Junior Group Exhibit
Andrew McBride, Enriko Bean Datu, Jai Rapaka, and Neel Dutta Gupta
Singapore American School
Singapore
Process Paper
Bibliography

Super Patriots -- Antisemitism, Comic Books and World War II
2nd Place Junior Individual Exhibit
Luke DiBonaventura
Strath Haven Middle School
Pennsylvania
Process Paper
Bibliography

Female Flyers: The Conflict and Compromise of The Women Air Force Service Pilots in WWII
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World War II History Prize
Senior Group Exhibit
Annabel Spayde and Emma Page
Conway Junior High School
Arkansas
Process Paper and Bibliography

The Chamizal Dispute: A Century of Conflict
3rd Place Senior Group Exhibit
Hector Torres, Roland Reyes, Isaiah Thomas, Abigail Tack, and Raymundo Barrera
Nimitz High School
Texas
Process Paper and Bibliography
Papers
17 Years: Developing the United States Coinage System
1st Place Junior Paper
Kellen Hoard
Kamiakin Middle School
Washington

The Conflict of Conservation, Fashion, and Industry: Compromise Between Environmentalists, Women, and the Plume Trade
2nd Place Senior Paper
Tammy Zhang
Fairview High School
Colorado

Galileo Galilei: A Conflict of Faiths
History of the Physical Sciences & Technology Prize
Senior Paper
Ali Jones
Mt. Spokane High School
Washington

Protecting the Past: The Fight to Save America’s Archaeological Resources
Native American History Prize
Senior Paper
Grant Bruner
Sycamore High School
Ohio

The Switch in Time that Saved Nine: The Supreme Court's Conflict and Compromise Concerning New Deal Legislation
3rd Place Senior Paper
Matthew Ding
Johnston High School
Iowa

The Switch in Time that Saved Nine: The Supreme Court's Conflict and Compromise Concerning New Deal Legislation
3rd Place Senior Paper
Matthew Ding
Johnston High School
Iowa

A Great Compromise: The Sherman Plan Saves the Constitutional Convention of 1787
George Washington Leadership in History Prize
Junior Paper
Lucy Phelan
Cyber Village Academy
Minnesota

When Police Fail to Protect: Remembering the Tulsa Riot of 1921
African American History Prize
Junior Paper
Maya Plimack
Julia R. Masterman Secondary School
Pennsylvania

Lise Meitner: Advancing Scientific Discovery in the Face of Conflicts Through Personal Sacrifice and Compromise
History of the Physical Sciences & Technology Prize
Junior Paper
Isabelle Appel
Bettendorf Middle School
Iowa

Altruism During History’s Darkest Hour: Varian Fry’s Refusal to Compromise Despite Perpetual Conflict
World War II History Prize
Josh Elkin
Junior Paper
Wisconsin
Performances
Tradition v. Toleration: An Epic Battle for Religious Freedom in Virginia
YouTube
2nd Place Senior Individual Performance
Riley Sutherland
Liberty North High School
Missouri

Territorial Diplomacy: Seo Hui’s Compromise and Demands for the Goryeo Dynasty
YouTube
1st Place Senior Group Performance
Jungmin Bae, Andrew Chanho Kim, Sunyoung Hwang, JinYoung Kim, and Do Hyun Choi
Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies
South Korea
Process Paper and Bibliography

Pleading Compromise to Save Jewish Children During the Conflict of the Holocaust
YouTube
3rd Place Junior Group Performance
Tara Shealy, Emerson Kidd-Benthall, and Riley Whitecotton
Clayton-Bradley Academy
Tennessee
Process Paper and Bibliography

Conflict from Compromise: The Anglo-Irish Treaty
YouTube
1st Place Junior Individual Performance
Thomas McKenna
McKenna Homeschool
Virginia
Process Paper
Bibliography

”From Sea to Shining Sea”: The Conflict Over the Fort Laramie Treaties That Compromised American Values
YouTube
Native American History Prize
Junior Group Performance
Andre Gabriel Mead, Brooks Barry, Liv Bobby, and Sebastian Zuba
Pequot Homeschool
Connecticut
Process Paper
Bibliography
Websites
Great Lakes Great Legacy?: The Compromise of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
1st Place Junior Group Website
Sofia Fish and Azalea Rohr
Sanford Middle School
Minnesota

A Duty to Starve: The Minnesota Starvation Experiment
1st Place Junior Individual Website
Ella Hoch Robinson
Sanford Middle School
Minnesota

A Little Ball Moved the Big Ball
2nd Place Senior Individual Website
Jiayong Lu
American Heritage/Plantation
Florida

The Iran Hostage Crisis: When Compromise Fails
1st Place Senior Individual Website
Laura Mills
Kent Place School
New Jersey

”By winter we will know all.”: The Prague Spring and Conflict over Control
1st Place Senior Group Website
Lily Ting, Tucker Apgar, and Sean Li
Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
Massachusetts

Women in War: The Battle for the Inclusion of American Women in the Army and the WAAC Compromise
2nd Place Senior Group Website
Katie Nguyen and Anindita Rajamani
Highland Park Senior High School
Minnesota

Opening the Door for Compromise: Davis v. Bandemer and the Conflict over Partisan Gerrymandering
2nd Place Place Junior Individual Website
Lilian Jochmann
University School Of Milwaukee
Wisconsin

The Indian Removal Act: Conflict, Compromise, and Displacement of the Five Civilized Tribes
2nd Place Junior Group Website
Sylvie Devore and Haley Rutan
Dresden Elementary School
Ohio

America’s Deadliest Prison Uprising: The Failed Compromise at Attica
3rd Place Junior Individual Website
Catalina Kerwin
Girls Athletic Leadership School
Colorado

The FHA’s Effect on Black Housing: The Legalization of Segregation in American Neighborhoods
3rd Place Junior Group Website
Lydia Yeh, Angelica Frude, and Paris Ye
Eastern Middle School
Maryland

Quotas and Quibbles: A Series of Restrictive Immigration Acts of the early 20th century
Immigration History Prize
Senior Group Website
Angela Wang and Julia Corfman
Poolesville High
Maryland

The Easter Rising: The Transformation of a Failed Rebellion to a Revolutionary Compromise
Irish or Irish-American History Prize
Junior Group Website
Jason Kusnowo and Saahas Parise
J. William Fulbright Junior High School
Arkansas

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 Tuskegee Airmen: Courage Knows No Color
YouTube
1st Place Junior Group Documentary
Ananya Nandula, Ananya Ganapathi, and Layasri Ranjith
School: Evergreen Middle School
Washington

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

A Ray of Hope
You Tube
2nd Place Senior Individual Documentary
Mia Kawamitsu
Abraham Lincoln High School
Iowa
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
Le Chambon Sur Lignon: Secretly Taking a Stand to Save Lives During the Holocaust through a Conspiracy of Goodness
YouTube
2nd Place Junior Individual Performance
Skylar Holland
Wayne School of Engineering Middle School
North Carolina
Annotated Bibliography
Process Paper

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

Standing Up for the Land: Gaylord Nelson, the Ojibwe, and the Apostle Islands
3rd Place Junior Individual Website
Aidan Dresang
School: Eagle School of Madison
Wisconsin

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
National Contest Winners

View the list of winners from previous National Contests.