National Contest Highlights
Congratulations to the 57 students who represented Utah at the 2017 National Contest. During nationals week, they listened to filmmaker Ken Burns, toured the U.S. Capitol, met with Congressman Rob Bishop on the Capitol Steps, and had a green jello social with Senator Mike Lee. They met young people from all over the world, visited incredible historic sites and museums, and filled their minds with new experiences. Our national delegation included students from Cache Valley, Ogden, Davis County, West Valley City, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Alpine, Orem, Price, and Hurricane.
Outstanding Junior State Entry: Zachary Jessop, Midvale Middle School (Salt Lake): “Each Life is Worth a World: Gil and Eleanor Kraus and the Rescue of Fifty Jewish Children from Nazi Germany,” Junior Individual Documentary.
Outstanding Senior State Entry: Asher Ireland, Timberline Middle School (Alpine): “When the Jews Stood up to Grant: The Story of General Order No. 11,” Senior Individual Performance.
National Top Ten Entry: Hattie Ransom, Timberline Middle School (Alpine): “Andree de Jongh’s Stand: Rebellion and Resistance Against the Nazis During World War II,” 8th Place Junior Individual Website.
George Washington Leadership in History Prize: Tyler Pierce, Bethany Prettyman, Katie Snow, Mersedez Clifford, and Tessa Atwood, Carbon High School (Price): “The Secret Heroes of the American Revolution: The Culper Spy Ring’s Stand for Freedom,” Senior Group Documentary. Prize sponsored by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
2017 State Contest Results: Click HERE
Congratulations to Laura Lefler of Timberline Middle School, who received the inaugural Mike Johnson Utah History Day Teacher of the Year Award.
State contest coverage from The Salt Lake Tribune.