National History Day

Nebraska Winners

National History Day fosters a combination of creativity and scholarship. Within five cate-gories – historical paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, or website –  this year’s students in grades 6-12 crafted their submissions around the theme, “Taking a Stand in History.”

In the national competition at College Park, MD, two Nebraska students received Outstanding Affiliate Entry awards. Tyler Kaus (Chadron Public Schools) won for his junior individual documentary. His teachers were Cathy Kaus and Mary Traphagan. 

Vanessa Taylor (Ainsworth Community Schools) won for her senior individual documentary. Her teachers were Nichole Flynn and Heather Lutter.

Additionally, Nebraska students were awarded special opportunities. Lauren Collins and Grace Sorenson (Chadron High School) represented Nebraska during the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Day on the Hill. Their website project was shared with members of the United States Congress. 

Brady Aschwege (Crawford High School) was selected for the Billy Michal Student Leadership Award by the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Also, Morgan Jones and Hadlee Rudloff (Crawford Middle School) showed their exhibit at the National Museum of American History.


National History Day: Nebraska is presented by Nebraska Wesleyan University and Humanities Nebraska with generous support from the Dillon Foundation. 


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