Students win State History Day


April 3, 2014


The following news release is shared on behalf of the Alaska State History Day Coordinator. Congratulations to the ASD winners!


News Release
Contact: (Darrell Lewis)


51 Alaska Students Win State History Day Contest


Anchorage – April 1, 2014 -- After months of intensive research and success at district competitions, fifty-one students from across Alaska won the State History Day contest this week and the honor to compete in the National History Day contest, held at the University of Maryland in College Park in June. Students will present their projects at the annual competition June 15-19, where nearly 3,000 students gather each year to compete for scholarships and prizes.


Each fall more than two million students nationwide begin the year-long National History Day (NHD) program, choosing their own topics, related to an annual theme, conducting research from original sources and presenting their work by creating a museum-type exhibit, video documentary, original performance, a traditional research paper, or a website. This year's theme is Rights and Responsibilities in History. Winning topics include Project Chariot, Slavery in West African Cocoa Plantations, the Unangan Internment, and Alice Paul's Fight for a Woman's Right to Vote.


NHD is a year-long academic program for middle and high school students focused on the teaching and learning of history. Awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal by President Obama in February, NHD participants develop a range of college and career-ready skills, and outperform their peers on state standardized tests in multiple subjects, including reading, science, math and social studies. In Alaska the National History Day program is run through a partnership between the National Park Service, Alaska Regional Office and the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation.


At the National contest more than 300 historians and other education professionals evaluate the students' work. More than $250,000 worth of scholarships are awarded at the national awards ceremony to select students, and approximately 100 students will take home cash prizes between $250 and $5,000 for superior work in a particular category of judging.


The following Alaska students will participate in the National History Day contest:

  • Gabrielle Thompson, Anchorage
  • Ivan Irish Nate, Anchorage
  • Kate Debenham, Anchorage
  • Isabelle Watkins, Anchorage
  • Matthew Park, Anchorage
  • Cole Jones, Anchorage
  • Layna Debenham, Anchorage
  • Jessica Yang, Anchorage
  • Lina Yi, Anchorage
  • Elly Whitmore, Anchorage
  • Morgan Silverman, Anchorage
  • Lucy Teaford, Anchorage
  • Hannah Romberg, Anchorage
  • Hannah Kim, Anchorage
  • Julia Doehl, Anchorage
  • Brynn Boeckmann, Anchorage
  • Miranda Beard, Anchorage
  • Annika Yancey, Chugiak
  • Emily Jensen, Chugiak
  • Katie Bozone, Chugiak
  • Taylor Ormsbee, Chugiak
  • Natalie Musil, Chugiak
  • William Spear, Chugiak
  • Cameron Carlson, Chugiak
  • Michael Rees-Benyo, Chugiak
  • Dawson Sanders, Chugiak
  • Tynan Jordan, Chugiak
  • Victoria Nelson, Eielson AFB
  • Jacob Cates, Fairbanks
  • Marlene Bond, Fairbanks
  • William Mitchell, Fairbanks
  • Joseph Kim, Fairbanks
  • Ryan Nicholson, Fairbanks
  • Hannah Bouta, Fairbanks
  • Teresa Sample, Fairbanks
  • Robin Chalcraft, Fairbanks
  • Jennifer Hannah, Fairbanks
  • Shannyn Bird, Fairbanks
  • Brooke Gottmeier, Fairbanks
  • Leah Rasmussen, Fairbanks
  • Audrey Freeman, Fairbanks
  • Sarah Walling-Bell, Fairbanks
  • Kaia Victorino, Fairbanks
  • Elcee Evershed, Fairbanks
  • Ben Brooks, Fairbanks
  • John Kugzruk, Fairbanks
  • Seth Thomas, Fairbanks
  • Eva Heinrichs, Fairbanks
  • Sarah Long, Haines
  • Brittney Bradford, Haines
  • Zoe Hamilton, Haines


About National History Day


National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic organization for elementary and secondary school students. Each year, more than two million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the NHD program. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics' significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring, at local and state where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The program culminates in a national competition each June held at the University of Maryland at College Park. Visit

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