Hawaiʻi History Day Students Bring Home Top Honors from National Competition

HONOLULU—Hawaiʻi History Day students continued the tradition of excellence for the 26th consecutive year by capturing top awards at the 2016 Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest. An award ceremony was held on Thursday, June 16, at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Kailua Intermediate School student Owen Barr won a silver medal and a $500 cash prize in the junior paper category for his project “The European Organization for Nuclear Research: Exploration, Encounter and Exchange Through Nuclear Physics.”

Kailua Intermediate School student Isabella Hartline received the Outstanding Junior Entry from Hawaiʻi award for her individual website project “History Captured in Images: The Encounter Between Vietnam War Photographs and America.” And Kahuku High & Intermediate School students Jay Phung and Rachel Shumway received the Outstanding Senior Entry from Hawaiʻi award for their senior group performance project “The Vietnamese Boat People: The Journey to Freedom.”

Stevenson Intermediate School student Summer Royal earned special recognition as the recipient of the Global Peace Prize for her junior individual documentary project “The Shock of the Century: How the Sputnik Won the First Space Race, Rising from the Ashes of Peenemunde, on the Wings of Soviet Propaganda.”

Overall, 43 exceptional students from Hawai‘i joined nearly 3,000 other students from around the country and the world, including Guam, Europe, China, Korea and South Asia, in the week-long competition to present their work related to the 2016 theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.”

For 42 years, National History Day has recognized and rewarded students for completing in-depth research related to an annual theme and creating original projects that further appreciation and understanding of history. The program each year engages more than half a million students worldwide.

Hawai‘i students participated in contests at the school and district level as well as the Hawai‘i History Day State Fair, which is coordinated by the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, before advancing to the national competition in College Park.

The list of 2016 National History Day student and teacher honorees from Hawai‘i is below.

SILVER MEDALIST, SECOND PLACE
Student: Owen Barr
School: Kailua Intermediate School
Teacher: Leslie Ringuette
Category: Junior Individual Paper
Project Title: The European Organization for Nuclear Research: Exploration, Encounter and Exchange Through Nuclear Physics

OUTSTANDING STATE ENTRY AWARD, JUNIOR DIVISION
(Also Seventh-Place Finalist)
Student: Isabella Hartline
School: Kailua Intermediate School
Teacher: Leslie Ringuette
Category: Junior Individual Website
Project Title: History Captured in Images: The Encounter Between Vietnam War Photographs and America

OUTSTANDING STATE ENTRY AWARD, SENIOR DIVISION
Students: Jay Phung, Rachel Shumway
School: Kahuku High & Intermediate School
Teacher: Lisa Lessing
Category: Senior Group Performance
Project Title: The Vietnamese Boat People: The Journey to Freedom

SPECIAL PRIZE — GLOBAL PEACE PRIZE
(Also Sixth-Place Finalist)
Student: Summer Royal
School: Stevenson Intermediate School
Teacher: Rose Yonamine
Category: Junior Individual Documentary
Project Title: The Shock of the Century: How the Sputnik Won the First Space Race, Rising from the Ashes of Peenemunde, on the Wings of Soviet Propaganda

TEACHER AWARDS

PATRICIA BEHRING TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, JUNIOR DIVISION, HAWAI‘I
Teacher: Carey Robinson
School: St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls

PATRICIA BEHRING TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD, SENIOR DIVISION, HAWAI‘I
Teacher: Emelda “Emy” Keola
School: Waipahu High School