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Forty-four students represented Vermont at National History Day at the University of Maryland, College Park. After months of research, writing, editing, and creating, the students presented their papers, documentaries, exhibits, performances and websites to the judges. Close to 3,000 students from around the US and the world participated.

Vermont
Congratulations to all our Vermont students! 

Junior & Senior documentaries

Jayme Billings
Marion Pritchard: Vermont's Unsung Holocaust Hero
Browns River Middle School
Teacher: Joyce Babbitt

Isabella Coe
The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
St. Paul's Catholic School
Teacher: Susan Guilmette

BryantsAlyson Bryant & Emily Bryant
Strange Fruit: A Song's Fight for Civil Rights
Crossett Brook Middle School
Teacher: Lori Morse

Brock Bickford, Julia Bigelow & Austin Wheeler
Kon Tiki's Inspiring Voyage Across the Pacific: Thor Heyerdahl's Stand on Polynesian Migration
Lyndon Town School
Teachers: Tyler Willis & Lynzy Guyer
***Winner of the Best of Vermont Award, Junior Division***

 

Aiyana Fortin
Superman's Anonymous Informant: Stetson Kennedy
Black River High School
Teacher: Suzette Cyr

Natasha Fortin
Stomp on the Moon Instead of the Soviets
Black River High School
Teacher: Suzette Cyr

MiltonDocTrevor McDonald & John Waligory
Protecting Vermont's Way of Life: The Black Snake Affair
Milton High School
Teacher: Gary Furlong

Junior & Senior websites

awards2Abigail Effron
Clara Barton: A True Force for Change
Browns River Middle School
Teacher: Joyce Babbitt

Tanum Nelson
The Making and Effect of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come"
Crossett Brook Middle School
Teacher: Lori Morse

Ayla Fidel, Aliza Jernigan & Gretchen Kogut
COPEing with the Secret War: One Patient at a Time
Harwood Union Middle School
Teacher: Sarah Ibson

Mason Berry & Aidan Flint
Rising Up: The Power of Media During the Vietnam War 
Crossett Brook Middle School
Teacher: Lori Morse

 

Mattilyn Brender
From Wall Street to Capitol Hill: Victoria Woodhull Took a Stand
Poultney High School
Teacher: Keith Harrington
***Winner of the Best of Vermont Award, Senior Division***

AdamsWebBilly Devers
John Adams: A Political Stand for Freedom
Milton High School
Teacher: Jason Gorczyk

Junior & Senior exhibits

StonewallJamie Atchinson
The Stonewall Uprising: Rallying the Fight for Gay Rights
Crossett Brook Middle School
Teacher: Lori Morse

Emily Plasse
Unseen but not Unheard: Ida B. Wells, an Anti-lynching Campaigner
Crossett Brook Middle School
Teacher: Lori Morse

Adam Clark & Jarrett Muzzy
Lucy Terry Prince - Advocate and OratorLTP
Vergennes Union Middle School
Teachers: Melissa Muzzy & Melanie Clark

Alexis Gervais & Grace Smith
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory: The Fire that Changed the Lives of Millions
Lyndon Town School
Teachers: Tyler Willis & Lynzy Guyer

 

Cody Hyldburg & Hannah St. Onge
Loving Vs. Virginia: The Fight for Interracial Marriage
Milton High School
Teacher: Gary Furlong

Junior & Senior performances

HunterAbagail Hunter
Taking a Stand for Women's Suffrage: Alice Paul and the Silent Sentinels
Poultney High School
Teacher: Keith Harrington

Gemma Stowell
Trapped with the Insane: Nellie Bly's Investigation Against the Unknown Atrocities of a Madhouse
Lyndon Town School
Teachers: Tyler Willis & Lynzy Guyer

Sophie Durkee, Kylee Ezzo, Hannah Goodell & Caitlin Hayes
Brown vs Board of Education - Taking a Stand Against Segregation
Poultney Elementary School
Teacher: Keith Harrington

 

Sean Anderson, Grace Gonzalez, Claire Langdon, Emma Langdon & Madeline Langdon
Don't Let the Dominoes Fall: John F. Kennedy's Stand for Democracy through Diplomacy of Diffusion
Home School
Teacher: Lori Langdon

baseball2Olivia Cook & Katarina Scribner
Sitting Down While Taking a Stand: In the Beginning Just a Seamtress, But Now the Mother of Civil Rights
Poultney High School
Teacher: Keith Harrington

Junior & Senior papers

LangdonBrooks Langdon
From Rough Rider to Modern President: How Theodore Roosevelt Took a Stand Against Trusts and Reformed a Nation
Home School
Teacher: Lori Langdon

Photo by Raphael Talisman

Taylor Magnant
Taking a Stand in History: Sigmund Freud and the Theories of Psychoanalysis
Harwood Union Middle School
Teacher: Sarah Ibson

 

BenBen Ward
Taking a Stand and Losing Standing: The Lost Legacy of Senator George F. Edmunds
Montpelier High School

Having fun at National History Day!

KenBurns

Vermont students hanging out with Ken Burns at the Welcome Ceremony.  Photo by Raphael Talisman, official photographer for National History Day 2017.  More NHD photos. (Password NHD2017)

Lyndon

The Lyndon Town School group stopped at the UMD turtle for good luck!

Leahy 

Senator Leahy met with the Vermont students at the Capitol Building.

baseball 

We had a great time at Nationals Park watching the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves.

 Milton

 Students from Milton High School had fun taking pedal boats around the Tidal Basin.

Awards Ceremony

 Time to inflate the cows!cows

Vermonters (and honorary Vermonters) on parade.

 parade

Congratulations to Brock Bickford, Julia Bigelow, Austin Wheeler and Mattilyn Brender for winning the Best of Vermont awards!

awards 

Thanks to our sponsors for making this grand adventure possible:
Johnson Family Foundation Fund
George W. Mergens Foundation
Northfield Savings Bank
Washington Electric Co-operative