Missouri Students Receive Top Honors at National History Day Contest

Last week, the Show-Me State saw sixty of its brightest students compete in the 2021 National History Day virtual contest.

From outstanding entry awards to special prizes, Missouri delegates demonstrated a remarkable ability to transform research into creative, hands-on projects. Three entries were selected for the highly competitive virtual showcases, and two entries made finalist in their categories.


Finalists

Elizabeth Arnold from Richland R1 High School in Essex for An Earnest & Paramount Work of Journalism (Senior Individual Documentary)

Prithvi Nagarajan and Shrihari Nagarajan from Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin for From the Early "Welga!" to the "Great Boycott": The Farmworkers' Struggle against the Grapes of Wrath (Senior Group Website)


Outstanding Entry Awards

David Bhend, Brock Pyle, and John Jasper from South Middle School in Joplin for Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev: How Two Men Set Aside Their Differences to Bring Peace to the World (Junior Group Website)

Elana Hadi, Katie Su, and Addie Harris from Central High School in Springfield for The Princess of the Press: How Ida B. Wells Communicated the Truth In History (Senior Group Performance)


Special Prizes

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Prize

Phillip North from St. Clair Jr. High in St. Clair for Joseph Pulitzer: The Journalist Who Changed Communication through Newspapers (Junior Individual Performance)

Latino-American History Prize

Prithvi Nagarajan and Shrihari Nagarajan from Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin for From the Early "Welga!" to the "Great Boycott": The Farmworkers' Struggle against the Grapes of Wrath (Senior Group Website)


Project Showcases

Virtual Exhibit Showcase

Sydney Stamps, Sonia Carlson, Ally Jacobs, and Johanna Jeyaraj from Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin for Darkness after Dusk: Sundown Towns and Uncovering Racism in America – View online

Virtual Documentary Showcase

Elizabeth Arnold from Richland R1 High School in Essex for An Earnest & Paramount Work of Journalism – View online

Virtual Performance Showcase

Hailey Hearting and Ella Heathman from Nevada Middle School in Nevada for The Broadcasting Betrayal – View online


Congratulations to all participants in the 2021 state and national contest. We are so proud of your hard work during this unprecedented time!

The State Historical Society of Missouri sponsors and organizes the National History Day in Missouri program, which involves over 5,000 Missouri students each year.

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