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 for the first time ever, the National History Day® office is allowing students to begin work on their 2021 projects now! The 2021 theme is Communication in History: The Key to Understanding.

2020 National History Day Results 2020 Oregon History Day Results


Congratulations, 2020 History Day Participants!

Thank you to the 141 students who participated in the virtual Oregon History Day state contest this year and to the 56 students who represented Oregon at the virtual National History Day® contest from June 14 – 20. Your dedication to this program, especially during this challenging time, was inspiring to all. We hope you are already at work on your project for next year.

A special congratulations goes to Alan Zhou of Sunset High School and Kyler Wang of Lincoln High School, stewarded by teacher Patrick Magee-Jenks (Lincoln High School), for capturing first place in the Senior Group Documentary category for Breaking the Curfew: The Story of Minoru Yasui. This is the second consecutive year that Wang and Zhou have won gold at National History Day – learn more in our National History Day press release.

About Oregon History Day

Oregon History Day — facilitated by the Oregon Historical Society — encourages students to nurture their curiosities by researching topics from any time period or place, or by analyzing a historical event that connects to the annual theme. 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 focusing on the diversity of the many people who have shaped Oregon’s 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 may be interested in helping your students participate in Oregon History Day in 2021. For more information on National History Day®, visit www.nhd.org.

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For Teachers

Oregon History Day, an affiliate of the National History Day® program, is a transformative and inspirational program for students and teachers...

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For Students

Check out all of the ins and outs of participating in History Day. Resources include downloadable documents and website links that will help you...

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For Judges

The Oregon Historical Society is looking for historians, educators, and others to judge student projects at the 2021 Oregon History Day state...

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

Learn about important deadlines and updates to the 2021 Oregon History Day and National History Day contests.

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2020 Oregon History Day Results

Entries in bold have been invited to advance to the National History Day contest June 14 – 18, 2020.

Junior Level (Grades 6 – 8)

Category
Rank
Title
Students
Schools
Teachers
 

Group Documentary

 

1

 

Fighting for Change: The Integration of Women in the Armed Forces

 

Evelyn Chen, Flora Huang, Rachel Wang

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Documentary

 

2

 

I am Prepared to Die - Nelson Mandela's Fight Against Apartheid

 

Kevin Le, Theodore Miranda-Zellnik

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Kimberly Hultgren

 

Group Documentary

 

3

 

Women in the UFW

 

Gabriel Groom, Liam Herlocker, William Gao

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

Stonewall Riots: Breaking the Barrier of Homophobia

 

Ginger Pan, Maya Yoshihara, Siddhi Nirgude

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Brendan St Marie

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

The Christmas Truce of 1914

 

Alexander Vassilev, Angela Zhang, Austin Yan

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Kimberly Hultgren

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

A Barrier Broken: The First Manned Spaceflight

 

Adrian Alupoaei, Alex Plekhanov, Brendan Satchell

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Brendan St Marie

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

The 1913 Women’s Suffrage Parade: A Voice to Vote

 

Surabhi Sharma, Vibha Addala

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Brendan St Marie, David Gilde

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

The Battle Of The Sexes: The Ultimate Match

 

Anna Jiang, Chloe Zhang, Emily Lian, Laurissa Larimer, Nandini Chennupaty

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Brendan St Marie, David Gilde

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

Nike: How One Idea Became a 35 Billion Dollar Company

 

Rujul Buge, Shreeya Bukka

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde, Brendan St Marie

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

A Red That's Not Blood: How the American Red Cross Helped in the Spanish-American War

 

Ananya Dasaka, Kavya Ananth

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde, Brendan St Marie

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

Nursing in WW2

 

Nivedita Giani, Simran Saluja, Sophia Ren, Yuchen Lou

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Brendan St Marie, David Gilde

 

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and Its Effect on the Modern World

 

Ava Molitor, Miranda Mason, Ramona Sapru Henderson

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Rebecca Lee Crumpler: The Story of a Female Physician Overcoming Opression

 

Elise Yu, Mollie Mackey

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Kimberly Hultgren

 

Group Exhibit

 

3

 

Take Down The Fences: How the Woodstock Music Festival Broke the Barriers of a Generation.

 

Avery Burtle, Connor Lanusse

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

 

 

 

The Canary Girls of WWI

 

Adalena Johnson, Malia Lee

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

 

 

 

The Invasion of Normandy

 

Jd Arthur, Raymond Schaefer

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Allen

 

Group Exhibit

 

 

 

My Body My Choice

 

Elliotte Preston, Leila Olson

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick OBrien, Patrick O'brien

 

Group Performance

 

1

 

How Nelly Bly Exposed Blackwell's Island

 

Lukyan Terdal, Meriwether Stuart

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Website

 

1

 

The Hidden Story of the BPP Survival Programs: Intersectional Feminism Through Community Empowerment

 

Maggie McGair, Milena Mosher

 

Laurelhurst Elementary School

 

Lindsay Gebbie

 

Group Website

 

2

 

Cracking the Code

 

Kali Whildin, Naomi Fertig

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Website

 

3

 

ARPAnet: The Beginning of the Digital Age

 

Ishaan Agrawal, Jonathan Hu

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Group Website

 

 

 

Alan Turing: The Father of Modern Computers

 

Hodaka Nakamura, Simon Batt

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Kimberly Hultgren

 

Group Website

 

 

 

Rise of the Red Sun and Fall of the Imperial Eagle

 

Arnold Yang, Ethan Tsai, Jia-Cheng Lu, Peter Wang

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Brendan St Marie, David Gilde

 

Group Website

 

 

 

The Emancipation Proclamation

 

Vasily Krivoshein, Wyatt Heath

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Allen, Evelyn Chen, Flora Huang, Rachel Wang

 

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

Operation secret squirrel

 

Alicia Watson

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

Jane Goodall: The Power Of Compassion

 

Annika Burke

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Individual Documentary

 

3

 

Advancements in the technological community

 

Jake Hanna

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

Project Pelion: Breaking Social Barriers At 14,410 Feet

 

McKenzie Rose

 

Echo School

 

Brandi Russell

 

Individual Exhibit

 

2

 

Painting the Way: The Story of Tyrus Wong

 

Emily Gerber

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Individual Exhibit

 

3

 

The Little Rock Nine

 

Brianne Becker

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Individual Exhibit

 

 

 

How Russia put the first person in space

 

Greyson Glivinski

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Allen

 

Individual Exhibit

 

 

 

Nettie Honeyball

 

Kailea Buckley

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Allen

 

Individual Performance

 

1

 

Im Still Standing

 

Karli Evans

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Individual Website

 

1

 

Soaring Above Segregation: The Story of Bessie Coleman

 

Jaiden Smith

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Individual Website

 

2

 

Tolerance and Conquests:The Legend of Genghis Khan

 

Bella Callfas

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Individual Website

 

3

 

Opening the Doors to Vaccines

 

Mitali Chaudhari

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

 

1

 

The Haber Process: Breaking the Bonds of Nature

 

Thomas Taylor

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

 

2

 

Reaching For the Skies: Fazlur Rahman Khan and Breaking Barriers Through Skyscraper Engineering

 

Simra Jahin

 

Stoller Middle School

 

David Gilde

 

Paper

 

3

 

Breaking Barriers Through the Air

 

Andres Herrera

 

R.A. Brown Middle School (Hillsboro)

 

Anne Tierney

 

Paper

 

 

 

Five Influential Literary Works of James Baldwin; Intersections and Historical Context

 

Catcher Kemmerer

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Kimberly Hultgren

 

Paper

 

 

 

The Port Chicago Mutiny

 

Dylan Powderly

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Patrick O'brien

 

Paper

 

 

 

Breaking the Barrier into National Security: the Monroe Doctrine

 

Samantha Fowler

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Allen

Senior Level (Grades 9 – 12)

Category
Rank
Title
Students
Schools
Teachers

 

Group Documentary

 

1

 

Breaking the Curfew: The Story of Minoru Yasui

 

Alan Zhou, Kyler Wang

 

Sunset High School, Lincoln High School

 

Patrick Magee-Jenks

 

Group Documentary

 

2

 

Operation Firefly: The Barrier-Breaking Battalion

 

Karalin Reynolds, Rylee Mann

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Group Documentary

 

3

 

Against All Odds: The Legacy Of Barbara Rose Johns

 

Hana Sadik, Sanika Saitawdekar

 

Sunset High School

 

Andrew Brown

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

The Bloody Waters of Deep Creek: The Chinese Massacre of Hell's Canyon

 

Bryce Fairchild, Eli Sprenger

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics

 

Austin Gienger, Charlie Rapp, Joey Haas, Spencer Liudahl

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Group Documentary

 

 

 

The Effect of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River Valley

 

Dylan Crook, Lucas Rigsby

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

Coming-Out in Controversy: How Ellen Broke Barriers with the “Puppy Episode”

 

Janice Lee, Kevin Lei, Quinn Katayama-Stall, Rajvir Singh

 

Westview High School

 

Tajinder Singh

 

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Jane Austen's Impact on Feminism

 

Cassady Kirchner, Eva Norman, Mina Gregg

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Group Exhibit

 

3

 

"Americanism is Not a Matter of Skin or Color" -Daniel Inouye

 

Brandon Zurcher, Ewan Poore, Ivy Cater, Samantha Jenkins

 

Crook County High School

 

Aaron Raasch

 

Group Exhibit

 

 

 

The Beginning to the End of Slavery

 

Kate Westfall, Mya Brittan

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Group Performance

 

1

 

We Were All Children: A Reflection on Child Labor in England

 

Amy Amato, Luke Schaeffer, Nora Davis

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Group Performance

 

2

 

Joan of Arc: The Maiden of Orleans

 

Amelia McLaughlin, Haven McElravy, Sophia Mahoney

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Group Website

 

1

 

Larry Itliong: Overcoming Barriers of Filipino Farm Workers in the Delano Grape Strike

 

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

 

Jesuit High School

 

Francisco Hernandez

 

Group Website

 

2

 

The Fight- Shattering the Barries of Sexism

 

Jaanya Chadha, Rae Ma

 

Westview High School

 

Luke Fritz

 

Group Website

 

3

 

The Gutenberg Revolution

 

Medha Nagasubramanian, Noopur Barve

 

St. Mary's Academy

 

Deepashri Barve

 

Group Website

 

 

 

Alan Turing: Changing the War, Changing the World

 

Sebastian Paetsch, Simon Obery

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar: Indian  Activist of the Dalit Movement to  End Discrimination

 

Samyak Shrimali

 

Jesuit High School

 

Francisco Hernandez

 

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

Florence Kelley: Breaking Barriers in Child Labor

 

Noelle Texidor

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

 

3

 

Nellie Bly: Breaking Barriers in Journalism and Equality

 

Amala Rajagopal

 

Westview High School

 

Luke Fritz

 

Individual Documentary

 

 

 

Bessie Coleman: Challenging the World of Flight

 

Sam Kubishta

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

 

 

 

The Beeswax Shipwreck: Understanding the Impact of Oregon's first EuroAmerican visit

 

Olivia Cooper

 

Central High School

 

Frank White

 

Individual Documentary

 

 

 

The Peasants’ Revolt:  A Crack in the Wall of Social Oppression

 

Louie Loveland

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Individual Documentary

 

 

 

The Sons of Liberty's Rebellion Against the British Parliament

 

Mihir Joshi

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

Women Entering a Male-Dominated Field

 

Kaylan Ma

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Individual Exhibit

 

2

 

Breaking tension between the United States and the U.S.S.R through the Space Race.

 

Sophia Miller

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Individual Website

 

1

 

Breaking Barriers in History: Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

 

Louisa Vu

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Paper

 

1

 

Chipping Away at the Bullet Proof Glass Ceiling: Portland Women Breaking Barriers in Policing

Anja Jolin

 

St. Mary's Academy

 

Lindsay Gebbie

 

Paper

 

2

 

Breaking The Child Labor Barrier: Looking Through Lewis Hine's Lens at Lost Childhood

 

Alexa Rose

 

Echo School

 

Brandi Russell

 

Paper

 

3

 

Lyda Burton Conley: How Radical Action Broke Barriers for the Wyandot People

 

Hanrui Huang

 

Westview High School

 

Luke Fritz

 

Paper

 

 

 

Dada: Breaking Barriers In Unconventional Ways

 

Lilith Watts

 

South Salem High School

 

Michelle Forbes

 

Paper

 

 

 

Trojan Nuclear Power Plant: Oregon's First and Last Nuclear Power Plant

 

Melanie Meador

 

Central High School

 

Frank White

 

Paper

 

 

 

Buddha Breaks the Gender Barrier: Women's Awaking

 

Katherine Hanslick-Papp

 

Bend Senior High School

 

Michelle Oliver

 

Paper

 

 

 

Lines on Paper

 

Anushka Naiknaware

 

Lake Oswego Senior High School

 

Rekha Naiknaware

 

Paper

 

 

 

Sex trafficking in Oregon

 

Ellie White

 

Central High School

 

Frank White