Oregon History Day

Oregon History Day, part of National History Day®, is a renowned, evidence-based middle and high school program where students across the state develop historical research projects based on an annual theme.

Over half a million students across the nation participate, and this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students took part in an exciting and engaging virtual Oregon History Day contest. All students who created research projects were invited to take part in the statewide contest, where judges evaluated their work and participants had the opportunity to showcase their projects. Eligible students will represent Oregon in the national contest in June 2021.

2021 Oregon History Day Results Professional Development Opportunities


Congratulations, 2021 History Day Participants!

Thank you to the 125 students who participated in the virtual Oregon History Day state contest this year, and congratulations to the students who will represent Oregon at the virtual National History Day® contest from June 13 – June 19, 2021. Your dedication to this program, especially during this challenging time, is inspiring to all.

A special congratulation goes to Elise Yu of Lincoln High School, and Emily Song and Fiona Zou of the International School of Beaverton, guided by mentor Jing Liu, for being awarded the United States Naval and Maritime History: Preserve, Promote and Celebrate prize for their Senior Group Documentary Shaping Communication At Sea: Naval Flag Signaling.

The Naval Order of the United States (Naval Order Foundation) is a nonprofit organization that initiates and supports various projects and monuments to preserve and commemorate naval and maritime history. It is a growing community of members spanning multiple generations and military engagements, which aims to keep history alive through the restoration of historic artifacts, establishment of memorials at key sites, and by collecting naval and maritime history through academic papers, published works, and ad hoc stories.

About Oregon History Day

Oregon History Day — facilitated by the Oregon Historical Society — encourages students to nurture their curiosities by researching topics from any past time period or place, or by analyzing a historical event that connects to the annual theme. The annual theme for 2021 is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. Students present their work in one of five categories — paper, website, exhibit, documentary, or performance — that can be developed independently or in groups of up to five students for all categories (except paper).

Open-ended topic selections and student-directed inquiries give participants ownership over their projects and give educators the flexibility to adapt the program to fit their curriculum. Educators can narrow the scope of topic selections to align with themes they are covering in the classroom, such as ethnic studies or Oregon Tribal history. As students move through the process, they learn to collect, organize, and analyze information through a historical lens by evaluating primary and secondary sources.

Most Oregon History Day students participate at the school level only, but may also participate in a statewide contest each spring. Please contact Kristen Pilgrim at kristen.pilgrim@ohs.org if you would like to participate in Oregon History Day in 2022. For more information on National History Day®, visit www.nhd.org.

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For Teachers

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For Judges

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Oregon History Day Registration, Due Dates, Fees, and Important Info

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2021 Oregon History Day Results

Entries in bold were invited to advance to the National History Day® contest, which will take place June 13–19, 2021.

Junior Level (Grades 6 – 8)

 
Category
 
Rank
 
Title
 
Students
 
Schools
 
Teachers
 

Paper

 

1

 

WW2 Propaganda American Propaganda and Its Effects

 

Eisuke Hirota

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

 

2

 

Communicating Through Diplomacy: The Failed Zimmermann Telegram

 

Aryan Agarwal

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

 

3

 

Spinning a Story: How the Founding Fathers Built America

 

Kapil Kakodkar

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

     

The Navajo Code Talker

 

Clayton Powell

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Paper

     

The Cuban Missile Crisis: Inside the Miscommunication that Nearly Shattered the Diplomacy of the World and Restarted Humanity

 

Akash Pai

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

     

The Potential Armageddon: The Miscommunication That Led to a Nuclear Attack From the Rising Moon

 

Ethan Wang

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

     

The Name “The Philippines”: How the Spanish Colonized The Philippines and Destroyed Its Native Culture, and Why Filipinos have Spanish Last Names

 

Dhanya Sriram

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

     

Code Name Madeleine

 

Pavithra Iyer

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

     

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

 

Sarah Kurns

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Paper

     

Stepping up the Speed: Advancements in National Communication  the Financial Life of the Pony Express

 

Ananth Namboothiry

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

     

Taking It Down the Road: The Proliferation of Commodities, Languages and Cultures Via the Silk Road

 

Alayna Gustafson

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Paper

     

The Untold History of Mesoamerica: Relations Between Teotihuacan and the Maya in the Third to Fifth Centuries C.E.

 

Sureika Shore

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Paper

     

Communicating Through Accomplishments on the Field and on Screen: The Story of Jim Brown

 

Andres Herrera

 

R.A. Brown Middle School

 

Anne Tierney

 

Paper

     

Joseph Stalin: A Brutal Totalitarian Dictatorship With Zero Room for Freedom of Any Sort

 

Kerem Acar

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

From Democracy to Dictatorship: The Impact of Nazi Propaganda

 

Dylan Powderly

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

Transcript of Applause: Soong Mei-ling’s 1943 Speech to Congress

 

Eleanor Song

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Documentary

 

3

 

Every Day Is Earth Day

 

Brooke Barber

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Individual Documentary

     

The 1918 Pandemic: The Story of How People Communicated During this Horrific Event

 

Nihitha Vimalan

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Documentary

     

Connecting The East to The West (The Pony Express)

 

Rooks Maxwell

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Documentary

     

Camp David Accords

 

Leila Olson

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Individual Documentary

     

Temple Grandin

 

Bella Cox

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Documentary

     

The Underground Railroad Controversy: Don't Judge A Quilt By It's Cover

 

Pranavi Sammidi

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Documentary

     

Ludwig Van Beethoven: How He Changed the Way Music Communicates Forever

 

Ceraphina Deeter

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Group Documentary

 

1

 

Women Communicating Through Advice Columns

 

Eliot Wright, Faire Soule-Reeves, Kara Jamieson, Piper Powell

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Documentary

 

2

 

Hidden Heroes: The Unseen Work of Female Codebreakers In World War 2

 

Ashvika Singhal, Upasya Swarna

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Documentary

 

3

 

Marie Aioe Dorion: The Astor Expedition's Overlooked Interpreter  Survivor

 

Gautham Beesetti, Krishna Chintalapati, Sai Harshith Kodali, Saisaharsh Kolli

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Documentary

     

The Battle to Understand Communication

 

Arfaan Karim, Artem Arefev, Mahika Bhan

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Documentary

     

From a Flop to the Top: How Kpop Communicated Despite Language Barriers In the Music Industry

 

Monica Bao, Sophie Wang

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Performance

 

1

 

Hidden in Plain Sight

 

Allie Mcintosh

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Individual Performance

 

2

 

The Weave and Communication of Cartograghy

 

Teagan Riddock

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

The Kentucky Packhorse Library Project: Bringing Literacy to Appalachia

 

Sophie Jarosh

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Individual Exhibit

 

2

 

American Women Codebreakers: The Communication that Helped America Win World War II

 

Tejaswani Datla

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Exhibit

 

3

 

Transmitting Freedom: How Radio Free Europe Broadcasted to End Communism

 

Camille Laakmann

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Exhibit

     

Greetings From Earth

 

Jack Burge

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Exhibit

     

Architectural Dominance

 

Brianne Becker

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Exhibit

     

The Navajo Code Talkers

 

Kailea Buckley

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Individual Exhibit

     

Rosalind Franklin: The Discovery of DNA’s Structure and the Impact on Women in STEM

 

Jasper Gu

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Individual Exhibit

     

The Cultural Revolution

 

Lauren Lilly

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Exhibit

     

"I Have Nothing to Say"

 

Nicola Broadman

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Exhibit

     

The Women's Suffrage Movement

 

Brooks Hinkle

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Exhibit

     

The Voyages of the Vikings

 

Kristjan Burke

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien, Megan Kruer

 

Individual Exhibit

     

Victory mail is speed mail

 

Dakota Anderegg

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

Navajo Code Talkers, the Why's and How's

 

Baxter Ellis, Jackson Chaddick, Knox Orchard

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Navajo Code Talkers

 

Brennan McEwen, Grant Morrison, Milan Cunningham

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

 

3

 

Communication in History: Survivor Narratives Throughout Feminism

 

Autri Das, Sarah Lee

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Exhibit

     

Nazi Human Experiments: Communication on a Medical Spectrum

 

Asmita Kumar, Sasmita Kumar

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Exhibit

     

The Navajo Code Talkers

 

Jacob Meyer, JD Arthur, Raymond Schaefer

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Individual Website

 

1

 

Helen Keller: Communicating as a Deafblind Woman

 

Coral Platt

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Individual Website

 

2

 

OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD

 

Alicia Watson

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Website

 

3

 

Recounting Woodstock 1969 And Its Effects

 

Danika Morris

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Individual Website

     

The Flight Of Communication

 

Noah Bien

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'Brien

 

Individual Website

     

Stuck in between a Wall of Laws: Isolation in Japan

 

Anatoly Kuznetsov

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Website

 

1

 

Reforming the Idea of Communication: The Impact of Morse Code

 

Gayatri Gadre, Simone Shieh

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

Senior Level (Grades 9 – 12)

 
Category
 
Rank
 
Title
 
Students
 
Schools
 
Teachers
 

Paper

 

1

 

Bankrupting Hate: Berhanu v. Metzger and the Communications of the White Aryan Resistance

 

Anja Jolin

 

St. Mary's Academy

 

Lindsay Gebbie

 

Paper

 

2

 

Political Cartoons in the 19th Century: Legacy and Impact

 

Roshan Ramakrishnan

 

Westview High School

 

John Santella

 

Paper

 

3

 

America's Lexicographer

 

Tobey Wing

 

Roots Academy

 

Christy Wing

 

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

Beatrice Morrow Cannady: Speaking Out Against Racism in the Film Industry

 

Sam Kubishta

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

The Advocate: Beatrice Morrow Cannady

 

Alan Zhou

 

Sunset High School

 

Andrew Brown

 

Individual Documentary

 

3

 

Communicating One Panel at a Time: The NAMES Project Memorial Quilt

 

Madison Jensen

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

     

The Problem We All Live With

 

Sydney Moore

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Group Documentary

 

1

 

Shaping Communication At Sea: Naval Flag Signalling

 

Elise Yu, Emily Song, Fiona Zou

 

Lincoln High School, International School of Beaverton

 

Jing Liu

 

Group Documentary

 

2

 

WATCH AND LEARN: How Sesame Street Made Learning Fun

 

Angela Zhang, Kevin Le, Theodore Miranda-Zellnik

 

Lincoln High School, Grant High School

 

Kimberly Hultgren

 

Group Documentary

 

3

 

The Slave Narrative Project: Communicating the Voices of the Forgotten

 

Anitohi Mercer, Victoria Keene

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Group Documentary

     

Princess of the Press: The Anti-lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells

 

Hana Sadik, Sanika Saitawdekar

 

Sunset High School

 

Andrew Brown

 

Group Documentary

     

“Kill the Indian, Save the Man”:  A Chronicle of Language Extinction in Native American Boarding Schools

 

Hari Koneti, Jacob Lei, Sam Bouchard

 

Westview High School

 

John Santella

 

Group Documentary

     

OTTO

 

Dallen Nixon, Ewan Poore, Ivy Cater, Joey Stenbeck, Samantha Jenkins

 

Crook County High School

 

Aaron Raasch

 

Group Performance

 

1

 

Communication in Wartime: The Importance of Female Spies Throughout History

 

Amy Amato, Cassady Kirchner, Sophia Mahoney

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

The Navajo Code Talkers: Communicating Their Way To Victory

 

McKenzie Rose

 

Echo School

 

Brandlyn Russell

 

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

Fighting Fire with the Fireside Chats: How FDR Unified the American People through Effective Communication

 

Janice Lee, Jayden Gwo, Kaylee Hong, Rajvir Singh

 

Westview High School, Sunset High School

 

John Santella

 

Individual Website

 

1

 

The Timber Wars: How Two Public Arguments Brought the Nation to the Table to Communicate a New Plan for Forest Management

 

Sitka Schmidt-Pilgrim

 

Franklin High School

 

Greg Garcia

 

Individual Website

 

2

 

The Pentagon Papers:Telling the Truth

 

Subin Lee

 

St. Mary's School

 

Maureen Bruins

 

Group Website

 

1

 

The 1898 Wilmington Massacre and Insurrection: Propaganda, Misinformation and Distorted Media Surrounding an Electoral Travesty

 

Darsh Mandera, Felix Petteni, Namrata Venkatesan, Sophia Pi, Wenjun Hou

 

Jesuit High School

 

Tracy Villareal

 

Group Website

 

2

 

Botched Battle Plans at Balaclava: Miscommunication During the Charge of the Light Brigade

 

Devin Von Arx, Lucia Zhang

 

Lake Oswego Senior High School

 

Mario Peri

 

Group Website

 

3

 

Top Secret: The Story Behind the Pentagon Papers

 

Medha Nagasubramanian, Noopur Barve

 

St. Mary's Academy

 

Deepashri Barve

 

Group Website

     

The Miscommunications That Could Have Prevented World War 1

 

Jonathan Hu, Karthik Krishnamurthy

 

Westview High School

 

John Santella

 

Group Website

     

Hangul

 

Yujun Kim

 

St. Mary's School

 

Maureen Bruins