Oregon History Day

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

Over half a million students from every state in the nation participate. Most students participate in the classroom only, but they may also participate in the state and national contests, where judges evaluate their projects and provide feedback. Creating an Oregon History Day project is immensely rewarding for students, many of whom participate over consecutive years. Oregon History Day meets the state standards in multiple subjects and can support the teaching of standards related to Ethnic Studies, Tribal History / Shared History, and Holocaust and Genocide education.

2022 Oregon History Day Results

Congratulations, 2022 Oregon History Day and National History Day® Participants!

Thank you to the 90 students who participated in this year’s virtual Oregon History Day state contest, and congratulations to the 46 students who advanced to the virtual National History Day® (NHD) contest. Four Oregon entries made it to the Finals Round and ranked among the top 10 in the nation, with two projects placing second and third in their categories.

Notable projects include longtime NHD participant Anja Jolin, a senior at St. Mary’s Academy, placed second in the nation for her senior paper, “Delegitimizing Diplomacy: The Berlin West Africa Conference.” Sunset High School freshman Jasper Gu’s senior individual exhibit, The Orphan Drug Act: How Debate and Diplomacy Improved Healthcare for Orphan Disease Patients, placed third in the nation after having previously finished second at this year’s Oregon History Day contest. McKenzie Rose of Echo School was honored by the National Museum of American History for the second consecutive year by having her senior individual exhibit, The Debatable Trent Affair: How Strategic Diplomacy Prevented War, included in the Smithsonian Learning Lab’s virtual showcase.

About Oregon History Day

Oregon History Day — facilitated by the Oregon Historical Society — is a student-directed, project-based, interdisciplinary learning program. Open to all middle and high school students, this culturally responsive program invites students to interpret a historical event that connects to the annual theme by creating a website, paper, performance, exhibit, or documentary.

Oregon History Day is a highly adaptable program. Students can select their own topic to research, or teachers can choose a broad category to guide their students’ projects. With the assistance of educators, librarians, and online resources, students analyze primary and secondary sources to develop and support their thesis. Oregon History Day also provides a standardized evaluation with integrated rubrics.

The annual theme for 2023 is Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas. The 2023 Oregon History Day contest will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 8am to 5:30pm in Salem, Oregon, at Willamette University. The National History Day® contest is scheduled to take place in mid-June at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Please contact the Oregon History Day coordinator Katie Pearson at Katie.Pearson@ohs.org if you would like to participate in Oregon History Day. For more information on National History Day®, visit www.nhd.org.

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2022 Oregon History Day Results

Entries in bold were invited to advance to the National History Day® contest, which takes place June 12–18, 2022.

Junior Level (Grades 6 – 8)

 
Category
 
Rank
 
Title
 
Students
 
School
 
Teacher
 

Paper

 

1

 

Forced Diplomacy: The Japan-Korea Annexation

 

Yuni Cotik

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Paper

 

2

 

From British Colony to Modern Metropolis: How a History Rife with Debate and Diplomacy Has Shaped Hong Kong Today

 

Eloise Brentano

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Paper

     

A Catalyst for War: The London Naval Treaty of 1930

 

Lucas Zhang

 

Stoller Middle School

 

Maria Bolanos

 

Paper

     

Ending Apartheid: Debate and Diplomacy for a New South Africa

 

Anna Holland

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Paper

     

The Shot Heard Around the World: Vaccine Diplomacy Ends Smallpox

 

Haley Werner

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

Cosmic Compromise

 

Peter Gerber

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

Origin of NATO and its Diplomatic Formation

 

Anthony Hadden

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Group Documentary

 

1

 

The Women’s Suffrage Debate: Abigail Scott Duniway

 

Eleanor Haugo, Kate McFarland, Tuula Dubrawsky

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Documentary

 

2

 

Winds of Change

 

Nico Garcia, Roland Alexander

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Documentary

     

Debate and Diplomacy in Updating the Oregon History Reader

 

Clementine Smith, Ziba Gonzalez

 

Creative Science School

 

Laura Axon

 

Group Documentary

     

Silent Spring: The Debate Against DDT

 

Nao Joy, Sebastian Irvine

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Documentary

     

To the Bitter End: The Anglo-Boer Wars and Their Path to Apartheid

 

Ben Ramsey, Kirin Cowell-Shah

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Individual Performance

 

1

 

The Smallpox Vaccine and its Repercussions:  When Debate Causes Death

 

Giusppe Lipari

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Performance

 

1

 

The 1912 Oregon Suffrage Vote: How Tactics Make and Break Debates

 

Alexa Buckley, Fiona Snyder, Franka Gronke, Hazel Miranda-Zellnik, Jolee Ray

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

Magna Carta

 

Matteo Anderson

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Individual Exhibit

 

2

 

Women’s Voting Movement: Push for Change

 

Verania Molodyh

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Individual Exhibit

     

Elizabeth Cady Stanton "I am woman..."

 

Autumn Stassens

 

Seven Peaks School

 

Megan Kruer

 

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

Berlin Wall: The Rise and Fall of the Iron Curtain

 

Jane Coffey-Read, Shriya Pai, Sky Zak-Apperson

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Camps Of Warmen: European POW Camps In WW2

 

Noah Brown

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Exhibit

     

Mexican Revolution

 

Dante Vega, Logan Smith, Mark Bailey

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

     

Mouvement de Liberation des Femmes

 

Kloey Spanfellner, Savanna Cole

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

     

The Act That ChangedLaws for the Better

 

Kate Alger, Kristina Larionov, Susana Efimov

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

     

The Beatles in Russia

 

Isabell Gray, Kirikiya Barsukoff, Violet Gray

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

     

The Korean War

 

Cadence Cheek, Ruby Wellman

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

     

Venezuelan Fight to Freedom

 

Ava Traeger, Miley Bradshaw, Olivia Aker

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Exhibit

     

Women’s Suffrage In Mexico

 

Grace Cox, Sam Quiroz Charpilloz

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

 

Group Website

 

1

 

Debate and Diplomacy in the Peloponnesian war

 

Nathan Coury

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Website

 

2

 

World War Two: The Japanese Surrender

 

Daniel Rainwater

 

ACCESS Academy

 

Amy McBride

 

Group Website

     

Haiti’s Revolution against Slavery

 

Cooper Whitaker, David Shadrin, Dillon Allred

 

Butte Creek Elementary School

 

Emily Rao

Senior Level (Grades 9 – 12)

 
Category
 
Rank
 
Title
 
Students
 
School
 
Teacher
 

Paper

 

1

 

Delegitimizing Diplomacy: The Berlin West Africa Conference

 

Anja Jolin

 

St. Mary’s Academy

   
 

Paper

 

2

 

Bloody Sunday: Northern Ireland's Darkest Day

 

Noah Snyder

 

Saint Mary’s School

 

Molly Bruins

 

Paper

     

John Adams and the Treaty of Paris

 

Tobey Wing

 

Roots Academy

 

Christy Wing

 

Paper

     

The AI Winters: Big Barriers to the Development of AI Technology

 

Alex Park

 

St. Mary’s School

 

Molly Bruins

 

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

EXCOMM: The Internal Debates of Kennedy’s Secret Council

 

MayaBella Texidor

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

The Capitol Crawl: Diplomacy for the Disabled

 

Sasha Kovalak

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

     

JFK’s Legacy: How an Assassination Changed the World

 

Julian Horvath

 

Saint Mary’s School

 

Molly Bruins

 

Individual Documentary

     

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978: A Diplomatic Solution to an Adoption Crisis

 

Dean Boland

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Individual Documentary

     

The Salmon War: Fish and Dams Spark Debate

 

Blake Harper

 

Helix School

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Group Documentary

 

1

 

Iranian Hostage Crisis Documentary

 

Alistair Briggs, Jack Anderson, Riley Sharps, Sawyer Hayner

 

Sheldon High School

 

January Morrison

 

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

The Debatable Trent Affair: How Strategic Diplomacy Prevented War

 

McKenzie Rose

 

Echo School

 

Brandlyn Russell

 

Individual Exhibit

 

2

 

The Orphan Drug Act: How Debate and Diplomacy Improved Healthcare for Orphan Disease Patients

 

Jasper Gu

 

Sunset High School

 

Bryan Lurie

 

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

A Fallen Democracy: Successes, Failures  Consequences of the Weimar Republic

 

Akash Pai, Ashank Shah, Rashaad Ahsan, Sahil Pai, Taaha Khan

 

Sunset High School

 

Bryan Lurie

 

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Chernobyl

 

Ashley Bloomer, Jonah Shoemaker

 

Sheldon High School

 

January Morrison

 

Individual Website

 

1

 

THE BEEP HEARD 'ROUND THE WORLD: How the Launch of Sputnik Spurred a Diplomatic Race of Unseen Technology and Ushered in the End of the Cold War

 

Gavin Guyette

 

St. Mary’s School

 

Molly Bruins

 

Group Website

 

1

 

Bayou: The Systemic Removal of Native Americans from the Louisiana Territory and their Omission from Debates and Negotiation over the Louisiana Purchase

 

Daniel Hadi, Darsh Mandera, Namrata Venkatesan, Samyak Shrimali

 

Jesuit High School

 

Tracy Villareal

 

Group Website

 

2

 

A History of Interactions Between Pacific Northwest Indigenous Tribes and the United States

 

Hyunsoo Lee, Ishaan Agrawal, Jonathan Hu, Karthik Krishnamurthy

 

Westview High School

 

John Santella

 

Group Website

     

Stonewall Riots

 

Aiden Moreno, Allison Espinoza, Nirvana Guanranthne

 

Sheldon High School

 

January Morrison

 

Group Website

     

The All-China Women’s Federation: Promoting the People or the Party?

 

Lilliana Bingham, Naomi Thuren

 

St. Mary’s School

 

Molly Bruins