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134Members from the winning WWI Prize team in the Junior Division pose with WW1CC Education Coordinator James Taub (center). They created the project entitled "Kaiser Wilhelm the Second, King George the Fifth, and Czar Nicholas the Second: the conflict of compromised cousins."

National History Day Awards National Prizes for WWI-themed Student Projects 

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit educational organization that promotes the teaching and learning of history in middle and high schools around the world through a variety of programs for teachers and students.

The National History Day Contest is NHD's biggest program. Established in 1974, the National History Day Contest encourages more than half a million middle and high school students around the world to conduct original research on historical topics of interest.

For the contest, students in grades 6-12 present projects at the local and affiliate levels. The students create entries as an individual, or a group, in one of five categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance or Website.

The contests is huge -- it takes place in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, South Korea, China, South Asia, and Central America. Students first show their projects at the local level. Then, they compete in a series of regional contests, with top entries advancing to state/affiliate contests. The top two entries in each category and division are invited to compete at the national-level Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

133Members from the winning WWI Prize team in the Senior Division pose with WW1CC Education Coordinator James Taub (left). Their project was entitled "The Lausanne Treaty: A Disputed Resolution". National History Day started as a local program in Cleveland, Ohio, headed by Dr. David Van Tassell, a history professor at Case Western Reserve University. It grew from 129 students in 1974 to over 500,000 students in 48 states in 1991, and 700,000 students and 40,000 teachers in 2001.

This year's National History Day Contest was special for the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission, because, for the second year in a row, we were able to sponsor special prizes for student projects on the theme of World War I.

The WW1CC's World War I prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in both the junior and senior divisions that documents and analyzes a significant aspect of World War I, clearly demonstrating historical relevance to the theme of World War I.

We are very proud to announce that this year's winners were the following students:

Annelise Lobo
The Lausanne Treaty: A Disputed Resolution
Senior Group Documentary

Dua Syed
The Lausanne Treaty: A Disputed Resolution
Senior Group Documentary

 

Hiba Rashid
The Lausanne Treaty: A Disputed Resolution
Senior Group Documentary

Sehrish Alikhan
The Lausanne Treaty: A Disputed Resolution
Senior Group Documentary

Colin Bradshaw
Kaiser Wilhelm the Second, King George the Fifth, and Czar Nicholas the Second: the conflict of compromised cousins.
Junior Group Performance

Lamont Tueller
Kaiser Wilhelm the Second, King George the Fifth, and Czar Nicholas the Second: the conflict of compromised cousins.
Junior Group Performance

Lorenzo Palmer
Kaiser Wilhelm the Second, King George the Fifth, and Czar Nicholas the Second: the conflict of compromised cousins.
Junior Group Performance

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