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2017 National Results

Congratulations to all those who went to Nationals. Here are the results:

First Place - Sr Individual Documentary
Ian Kavanaugh
"Schoolhouse Speech: Taking a Stand in Tinker v. Des Moines”
Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MA

Second Place - Jr Group Website
Eleanor Freed, Genevieve Baldwin
“Silence = Death: How ACT UP New York Changed the Public View of the AIDS Crisis”
Ottoson Middle School, Arlington, MA

Third Place - Sr Group Documentary
Lexia Cicone, Cordelia Houck, Natalie Knight, Georgia Michelman
"Zora Neale Hurston: Taking a Stand for a Holistic Portrayal of Black Women and Black Culture in Literature”
Bedford High School, Bedford, MA

Outstanding Junior Entry from Massachusetts
Jr Individual Website

Ivan Garcia
“Galileo Galilei:  Taking a Stand Against the Church”
Susan B. Anthony Middle School, Revere, MA

Outstanding Senior Entry from Massachusetts
Sr Paper
Gabrielle Landry
"From Writing to Revolution: Adam Michnik and the Collapse of Communism in Poland”
Montrose School, Medfield, MA


Megan Carey, from Monsignor Haddad Middle School in Needham, MA, displayed her Junior Individual Exhibit “Little Rocks...Big Impact - Taking A Stand for Equal Education” at the National Museum of American History.  One exhibit from each state and participating country was selected for this honor.

Lexia Cicone, Cordelia Houck, Natalie Knight & Georgia Michelman, from Bedford High School, Bedford, MA, showed their Senior Group Documentary "Zora Neale Hurston: Taking a Stand for a Holistic Portrayal of Black Women and Black Culture in Literature” at the Oprah Winfrey Theater in the National Museum of African American History.  Their project was one of 20 selected for this honor.

Ian Kavanaugh from Mansfield High School, Mansfield, MA was the Massachusetts nominee for this year’s Legacy Award.  Each state and participating NHD country nominated an outstanding individual sophomore, junior or senior, that is "standing out" from among his/her peers. He/she must show great creative promise and inspiration in their endeavors in any of the arts, sciences, humanities or in public service.  Individuals do not apply for this honor, but are nominated by their teacher.  Ian was nominated by his NHD teacher, Julia Atwood, and ultimately selected by MHD as our nomination for 2017.

As part of the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute, Dylan Davis from Hingham High School, Hingham, MA, along with his teacher Christina O'Connor, will be researching and with telling the untold story of an American service member memorialized at the Normandy American Cemetery.

This institute takes 15 student and teacher teams on a once in a lifetime journey through history.  Each team selects one Silent Hero who died during or after the DDay landings and spends months researching the story of this brave American through readings, historical research, and primary sources such as war records, draft cards, and family interviews.

Students and teachers then follow in their Silent Hero’s footsteps as the institute takes them to walk the beaches of Normandy, France.  While there, Davis will deliver a grave side eulogy in the Normandy American Cemetery. 

Congratulations to all the Massachusetts students who competed
in the 2017 National History Day Competition!

The Massachusetts History Day Results in 2017 National History Day Competition