Oregon History Day

Each fall, OHS kicks off the Oregon History Day program alongside half a million students in grades 6-12 across the country. Education Manager, Kristen Pilgrim, works closely with educators throughout the state, and students use the OHS Research Library and digital assets like the Oregon History Project and Oregon Encyclopedia to conduct research on the annual theme. 

The 2017 National History Day® theme is Taking a Stand in History. Students create their  project in one of five categories: paper, website, exhibit, performance, or documentary. Students can work individually or as a group.

The History Day program includes school, regional, state, and a national competition.  Students are selected to go to the state and national contests.  The state contest was held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Concordia University in Portland.

The national contest is June 11–15, 2017, at University of Maryland, near Washington DC. Various scholarships and awards are available.  For more information on National History Day®, visit www.nhd.org.

If you would like to learn more about History Day, contact Kristen Pilgrim at kristen.pilgrim@ohs.org.

 

2017 Oregon History Day Results

Entries in bold have been invited to advance to the National History Day contest this June 11 – 15.

Junior Level

  
Category
  
Rank
  
Title
  
Students
  
Teachers
  
School

 

Individual Performance

 

1

 

Truth Be Told - The Life and Times of Sojourner Truth

 

Josey A. Scott

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Individual Performance

 

2

 

Louisa May Alcott: Civil War Nurse

 

Riley Hampton

 

Debbie Royer

 

E cho Middle School
E cho

 

Group Performance

 

1

 

Women’s Suffrage

 

Rylee Fisher, Sydney Welburn 

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

Individual Documentary

1 + Top State Winner

Mahatma Gandhi: Messenger of Peace

Eshani Jha

Colleen Medlock

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

Individual Documentary

2

Jackie Robinson: Taking a Swing for Civil Rights!

Wynn Doman

Erin Sander

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Individual Documentary

 

3

 

Bob Dylan: His Art and His Legacy of Protest

 

Champe Scoble

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Individual Documentary

 

4

 

Jesse Owens: Taking a Stand by Standing Tall

 

Dominique Garant

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Group Documentary

1

Women’s Suffrage in America: the Fight for the Right to Vote

Shwetha Srinivasan, Vinita Karumuru, Amala Rajagopal, Rhea Oommen, Shriya Chunduri

Erin Sander

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

Group Documentary

2

Aung San Suu Kyi: Please Use Your Liberty to Promote Ours

Anagha Shenoy, Priyanka Jain Vinsel, Anna Cummings, Sejal Goud, Faaizah Nuha

Colleen Medlock

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Documentary

 

3

 

Muhammad Ali the Missionary (I Am the Greatest: A Muhammad Ali Tribute)

 

Deyvik Bhan, Vedanth Iyer, Sartaj Jhooty, Ryan Oppenheimer

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Documentary

 

4

 

Free France: A Story of National Resistance  

 

Wenjun Hou, Maximilian Cravetchi, Hanrui Huang, Colin Liu, Eric Kim

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

Paper

1

Silent Spring: The Not So Silent Stand Against DDT

Nandini Agarwal

Erin Sander

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

Paper

2

Margaret’s Mission

Georgia R Seidman

Cassandra Golan

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Paper

 

3

 

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen: Leading China into the Modern World

 

Hannah Ma

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Paper

 

4

 

Patience, Culture, and Song in the Estonian Singing Revolution

 

Padmini Bhagavatula

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Paper

 

5

 

The United States’s Involvement in the Cold and Vietnam Wars

 

Shirley Lam

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Paper

 

6

 

Taking a Stand for Science: Galileo Galilei

 

Ben Hadad

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Paper

 

7

 

Galileo Galilei: Defiance Against the Roman Catholic Church

 

Elliot Glenn

 

Debbie Royer

 

E cho Middle School
E cho

 

Paper

 

8

 

The Unification of Hawaiian Culture

 

Nathan Senters

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Paper

 

9

 

A Population of Oddity: Convicts In Australia

 

Vivian Liu

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Paper

 

10

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov: Standing for Individual Rights

 

Alexa Rose

 

Debbie Royer

 

E cho Middle School
E cho

 

Paper

 

11

 

Susan B. Anthony: A Fight Against Oppression

 

Laura Qin

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Paper

 

12

 

Nelson Mandela Against Inequallity

 

Hope Adams

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

 

Paper

 

13

 

Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust

 

Orion Fisher

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

Individual Exhibit

1

Samuel Adams and the Boston Tea Party

Sophia Dexter

Heather Kelly

Access Academy
Portland

Individual Exhibit

2

Mother Teresa: Serving India’s Poorest of the Poor by Living amongst Them

Shruthi Ananth

Colleen Medlock

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Individual Exhibit

 

3

 

Malala Yousafzai, Paving the Way to Girls Rights of Education

 

Lillian Paige Wallis

 

Debbie Royer

 

E cho Middle School
E cho

 

Individual Exhibit

 

4

 

Jane Roe

 

Koral Mauigoa

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

 

Individual Exhibit

 

5

 

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: First Female Doctor in the United States, Paving the Way for Other Women To Follow

 

Zoe Russell

 

Debbie Royer

 

E cho Middle School
E cho

 

Individual Exhibit

 

6

 

Gerald Gardner: The Man Who Changed The People’s Views on Wicca

 

Tanner Niegel

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Individual Exhibit

 

7

 

Albert Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity

 

Trystan Myers

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

Group Exhibit

1

John Brown: The Stand Against Slavery

Olivia Lippert, Bryce Stiemert, William Kranenburg 

Molly Bruin

St. Mary’s Academy
Medford

 

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Katherine Johnson Calculating the Way for African American Women at NASA

 

Ellaynah Brown, Dysen Wilson

 

Debbie Royer

 

E cho Middle School
E cho

 

Group Exhibit

 

3

 

Oskar Schindler: The Unlikely Humanitarian

 

Raahi Vaidya, Ryan Han Im, Reetesh Sudhakar, Steingrimur Baldursson, Cody Chon

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Exhibit

 

4

 

The Defection of Soviet Ballet Dancers to the United States

 

Mariam Nechiporuk, Olivia M. Tangum

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Group Exhibit

 

5

 

Yugoslav Partisans

 

Sophie Ong, Sneha Jeyasingh

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Exhibit

 

6

 

First Woman in the American Revolutionary War

 

Konnor Esplin, Leanna McNabb

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

 

Group Exhibit

 

7

 

The Modoc War

 

Chase Ensley, Ben Worman

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

 

Group Exhibit

 

8

 

Do you think a school project could change the world?: How Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight founded Nike

 

Raylene Alire, Brooke Hughes  

 

Gena Bennett

 

Jefferson County Middle School
Madras

 

Individual Website

 

1

 

The Scopes Monkey Trial

 

Anna Livia Regan

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Individual Website

 

2

 

The Reign of Hatshepsut

 

Sasha Rose Colon

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Individual Website

 

3

 

Eleanor Roosevelt: Taking a Stand For Our Rights

 

Layla Martinez

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Individual Website

 

4

 

Title IX the Act That Changed the Future

 

Jordan Kasitz

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Group Website

 

1

 

Genghis Khan’s Stand to Unite the Mongols: The Journey of a Legendary Leader

 

Rushil Sudunagunta, Rishi Alluri, Archit Singh, Yadhukrishna Poyya, Rohan Shetty 

 

Colleen Medlock

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Website

 

2

 

I Will Fight No More Forever

 

Sophie McEwen, Sitka Schmidt-Pilgrim

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy & Mt. Tabor Middle School
Portland

 

Group Website

 

3

 

Desmond Tutu

 

Pranav Mandyam, Zeeman Shuai, Devansh Khunteta, Aneesh Pandoh, Akaash Bella

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Website

 

4

 

Malcolm X and His Stand for Civil Rights

 

Zachary Overman, Christian Benavides

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

 

Group Website

 

5

 

Muhammad Ali

 

Christopher Bianco, Atharv Bhingarde, Jackson Schroeder

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

 

Group Website

 

6

 

The Battle of Stalingrad

 

Brian Xu, Michael Wang, Jared Yin, Ethan Wang, Mark Zhang

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Website

 

7

 

Oregon Before Statehood: The Nez Perce War

 

Ryan Thammakhoune, Karthik Ashok, Krishna Saxena, Rohan Srinivasan 

 

Erin Sander

 

Stoller Middle School
Beaverton

 

Group Website

 

8

 

History Will Absolve Me: Fidel Castro’s Stand Against Imperialism

 

Lance Parrish, Ian Cool

 

Molly Bruins

 

St. Mary’s Academy
Medford

 

Group Website

 

9

 

Sun Yat-sen’s Slippery Slope: The Republic of China 1912-1949

 

Henry Senters, Michael Lake 

 

Heather Kelly

 

Access Academy
Portland

Senior Level

 
Category
 
Rank
 
Title
Students
 
Teachers
 
School

Individual Performance

 

1

 

From Where the Sun Now Stands, I Will Fight No More

 

Jonathan Gagnon

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

Individual Documentary

 

1

 

The Birth of a Political Menace: Frederick Gifford’s Stand for the Ku Klux Klan

 

Lucy Case

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Individual Documentary

 

2

 

The Mad Cowboy Howard Lyman: Taking a Stand for Better Agricultural Techniques and Healthier Diets

 

Lily Fitzharris

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Individual Documentary

 

3

 

A Tool Maker for Democracy: William U’Ren and the Oregon System

 

Brandon Leake

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Individual Documentary

 

4

 

United States v. Thind: Taking A Stand For Citizenship

 

Lynne Ashby

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Group Documentary

 

1

 

A Stand on Beaches: Tom McCall’s Fight For Public Land Use

 

Charmayne Bennett, Julianne Davis  

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Group Documentary

 

2

 

Tiananmen Square Massacre: The Price for Protest

 

Yuchen Cheng, Ekki Lu

 

Independent (Luke Fritz - Westview)

 

Westview High School & Oregon Espicopal School
Beaverton and Portland

Group Documentary

 

3

 

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Birds: William Finley’s Stand at the Three Arch Rocks

 

Alyssa Keene, Kailey Mize

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Group Documentary

 

4

 

The Wild Ones: Velma Johnston’s Stand for America’s Wild Mustangs

 

Sadie Wilson, Emma Fehrenbacker

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Group Documentary

 

5

 

Rachel Carson: Silent Spring’s Stand for Nature

 

Simhao Low, Sai Hitesh Vavilapalli, Cole Hiser

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Group Documentary

 

6

 

Heavy Water Sabotage

 

Samuel Carlson, Gavin Newtson

 

Lorin Kubishta

 

Helix High School
Helix

Group Documentary

 

7

 

The Great Mutiny of 1857

 

Brenna Cody, Timothy Turner, Mark Fitzharris, Robert Turner

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Helix High School
Helix

Paper

 

1

 

A Patient Path to Freedom: Overcoming Chinese Discrimination in the United States

 

John (Jack) Morningstar

 

Independent

 

Oregon Episcopal School

Paper

 

2

 

Well Done, Sister Suffragette: Emmeline Pankhurst’s Stand for Women’s Rights

 

McKenzie Carrier

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Paper

 

3

 

David Dellinger: Bringing the American New Left from Protest to Resistance

 

Emma Yang

 

Independent (Luke Fritz)

 

Westview High School
Beaverton and Portland

Paper

 

4

 

Sarah Winnemucca’s Stand for Native American Rights

 

Ariel Ordway

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Paper

 

5

 

The Rising of 1916: Against All Odds

 

Sean Reid

 

Caroline Cramer

 

Lowell High School
Lowell

Paper

 

6

 

Witold Pilecki: Altruism in World War II

 

Callie Wooten

 

Independent 

 

Henley High School
Klamath Falls

Paper

 

7

 

Chamberlain’s Failure to Stand

 

Rian Berriman

 

Alan Stearns

 

Sutherlin High School
Sutherlin

Individual Exhibit

 

1

 

The Longest Walk, for Red Power.

 

Kennedy Parish

 

Independent

 

Tigard High School
Tigard

Individual Exhibit

 

2

 

Julius Axelrod- The Release of Neurotransmitters and Controversial Opinion

 

Geoffrey Gu

 

Independent

 

Sunset High School
Beaverton

Individual Exhibit

 

3

 

Sacheen Littlefeather

 

Kasidee Davis

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

Individual Exhibit

 

4

 

Votes For Women

 

Claryssa Oswald

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

Individual Exhibit

 

5

 

The Ambush of Bonnie and Clyde

 

Julieann Lay

 

Caroline Cramer

 

Lowell High School
Lowell

Group Exhibit

 

1

 

Muhammad Ali vs. Vietnam

 

Shari Baeuerlen, Alaina Hadley, Andrew Griffiths

 

Caroline Cramer

 

Lowell High School
Lowell

Group Exhibit

 

2

 

Martin Luther: 95 Theses

 

Cody Brooks, Lily Lane, Daisy Schnee

 

Caroline Cramer

 

Lowell High School
Lowell

Group Exhibit

 

3

 

Second Opium War:  China’s Stand Against the West

 

Jason Wong, Grace Tran

 

Independent 

 

Westview High School
Beaverton

Group Exhibit

 

4

 

The Fight For Women’s Equality

 

Devin Milch, Ryan Cicero

 

Joe Sixta

 

Butte Falls Charter School
Butte Falls

Individual Website

 

1

 

The White Rose and Their Story

 

Jared Charbonneau

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Individual Website

 

2

 

The Significance of the ADA

 

Charlie Kentros

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Individual Website

 

3

 

Heinz Valk and the Singing Revolution

 

Zarif Mazumder

 

Independent 

 

Westview High School
Beaverton

Individual Website

 

4

 

The Cultural Revolution

 

Jingxuan Fan

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Group Website

 

1

 

Harry Hay’s Revolutionary Stand for the LGBTQ Community

 

Ilsa Frazer, Sabrina Honorato

 

Cassandra Golan

 

Oak Hill School
Eugene

Group Website

 

2

 

The Canadian Caper

 

Sarah Vellines, Faith Stehr

 

Alan Stearns

 

Sutherlin High School
Sutherlin

Group Website

 

3

 

Pearl Harbor and America’s Stand Against Japan

 

Michala Carpine, Destiny Smith, Taylor Moser

 

Alan Stearns

 

Sutherlin High School
Sutherlin

Group Website

 

4

 

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela: The Fight Against Apartheid and South African Oppression

 

Saisreekar R. Singam, Muhammad Hassaan Rehman, Edwin Lee, Santosh Ramesh

 

Independent 

 

Westview High School
Beaverton

Group Website

 

5

 

The Rise of the Nazi Party and the Rebuilding of Germany

 

Andrew Harris, Cooper Greenham

 

Alan Stearns

 

Sutherlin High School
Sutherlin

Group Website

 

6

 

Feelings During Indian Revolution (Gandhi and the Indian Revolution)

 

Jagrit Aryal, Jonathan Tran 

 

Independent 

 

Westview High School
Beaverton

For Teachers

Prepare your students for History Day by using the documents and links compiled here for easy reference.

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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

Judges are needed at the Oregon History Day competition.  Judges evaluate the students’ entries and provide the positive and constructive...

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Registration, Due Dates, Fees, and Important Info

Registration dates for students and teachers, student project due dates, fees, and other important information.

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National History Day, June 12, 2016
Trading Buttons, National History Day, June 12, 2016

Trading buttons

National History Day, June 12, 2016
Lily and Mark Fitzharris

Lily and Mark Fitzharris 

Courtney Lupton-Turner, National History Day, June 13, 2016

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network, by Thyreicia Simtustus, Madras High School, Madras, Oregon

Celilo Falls: Mid-Columbia Indian Trade Network

Thyreicia Simtustus
Madras High School
Madras, Oregon

National History Day, June 15, 2016
	 Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements, by Sai Hitesh and Vavilapalli Dawin Ye, Portland, Oregon

Dmitri Mendeleev: The First Explorer of the Elements

Sai Hitesh and Vavilapalli Dawin Ye
Portland, Oregon

The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram by Katrina Carrier, Oak Hill School

The Rise and Fall of Rajneeshpuram

Katrina Carrier
Oak Hill School
Eugene, Oregon

Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code by Felix Tse and Geoffrey Gu, Stoller Middle School, Portland, OR

Marshall Nirenberg: Deciphering the Genetic Code

Felix Tse and Geoffrey Gu
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations, by Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli, Stoller Middle School, Portland, Oregon

The Effect of the Cold War on US Foreign Relations

Claire Brimhall, Abigail Schipper, Diem Han Nguyen, and Ritika Saripalli
Stoller Middle School
Portland, Oregon

National History Day, June 13, 2016
National History Day, June 13, 2016
National History Day, June 14, 2016
National History Day, June 14, 2016
Geoffrey Gu with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

Geoffrey Gu with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

Geoffrey Gu and Felix Tse with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

Geoffrey Gu and Felix Tse with Dr Franklin Portugal, June 15, 2016

National History Day, June 15, 2016
National History Day, June 15, 2016
National History Day, June 15, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

Students with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

National History Day, with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

Students with Representative Suzanne Bonamici, June 15, 2016

National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
Awards Ceremony, National History Day, June 16, 2016

Awards Ceremony

National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 16, 2016
National History Day, June 18, 2016
National History Day, June 18, 2016

What is History Day?

  • History Day is a fun program that encourages students to become historians and critical thinkers by developing research, analysis, presentation and social skills.
  • Working individually or in groups of two to five students, junior (grades 6–8) and senior (9–12) division students select a topic related to the annual theme. Students conduct historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then distill their research and analysis into one of the five categories: performance, documentary, exhibit, website, or research paper.
  • Oregon History Day (OHD) is the state contest and National History Day ® (NHD) is the national contest.
  • Students may choose to compete within their school or at regional contests held in February and March. Students enter their projects against others in the same division and category. Selected students advance to the Oregon History Day state contest, held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Concordia University in Portland.
  • Students who finish in first and second place at Oregon History Day in each category may be selected to go on to the National contest, held on June 11–15, 2017, at the University of Maryland near Washington DC. .
  • The 2017 annual theme is Taking a Stand in History.

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National History Day®

Why should my students participate in History Day?  …for lots of proven reasons!

History Day...

  • Fulfills state requirements in the social studies and other subjects
  • Is flexible and provides an ideal framework to teach research, writing, critical thinking, interpretation, and presentation skills
  • Develops real-world skills that, as reported by the students, prepare them for college and work better than any other assignment in their education
  • Improves academic performance, reading proficiency, and historical literacy, including research skills, vocabulary building, and authentic engagement in learning
  • Is effective!  See the national program evaluation: http://nhd.org/classroom-connection/nhd-in-the-classroom/nhd-works/.

How can I learn more about implementing History Day in my classroom?

I am participating in History Day!  Who should I contact?

  • Contact the Oregon state coordinator, Kristen Pilgrim, at Kristen.Pilgrim@ohs.org to let her know you are participating so you can be added to the state list of participants. This information is important as it informs OHS of how many students to plan for at the Oregon History Day state contest.