2017 Florida History Day
Special Prize Winners

Junior and Senior students who advance to the state contest were able to nominate their project for a special prize if their topic related to one of the twenty-two prize themes offered. The winners of each topic are listed here.



African American Heritage Award

William An
Tearing Down the Wall of Segregation: The Clinton 12 Takes a Stand for Education Rights
Senior Individual Documentary
Frank W. Springstead High School (Hernando)
Teacher: Suzanne Bates-Miranda

American Colonial Heritage Award

Andrew Arndt, Aidan Hogan, Aabhas Jain
Francis Marion: An Unorthodox General and a Standing Revolutionary
Junior Group Documentary
Dunedin Highland Middle School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Teresa Bergstrom

American History Innovation Award

Zoe Zimmermann
Standing Up To Society, Slander, and Smallpox: America's First Inoculation Controversy
Senior Historical Paper
Manatee School For The Arts (Manatee)
Teacher: Dr. Steve Marshall

Best Use of Primary Sources: Junior

Hannah Snyder, Sophia Cicerchia
The Thompson Family: Shaping America's Banking Industry and Taking a Stand Against Counterfeit Money
Junior Group Website
The Weiss School (Palm Beach)
Teacher: steven hammerman

Best Use of Primary Sources: Senior

Camille Luong
Ho Chi Minh's Unprecedented Stand Against Colonialism
Senior Historical Paper
St. Petersburg High School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Brandon Rader

Celebrate Freedom Award

Tyler Roy
Lafayette: The Hero of Two Worlds
Senior Individual Website
Polk Pre-Collegiate Academy (Polk)
Teacher: Beth McCown

Economic Freedom Award

Hailey Ward
Juan Trippe: Taking a Stand to Bring Air Travel to the Average Man
Junior Individual Website
Gulf Breeze Middle School (Santa Rosa)
Teacher: Grace Freeman

Florida Heritage Award

Thuytran Bui Vo
Marjorie Harris Carr: The Fight Against the Cross Florida Barge Canal
Senior Individual Website
Port St. Lucie High School (St. Lucie)
Teacher: Valerie Arendas, Erin Bator

Florida Historic Preservation Award

Natalee Escobar, Maria Caballero, Alyssa Hernandez
Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Mother of the Everglades
Junior Group Performance
Pembroke Pines Charter Middle West (Broward)
Teacher: Deanne Reynolds

Frederick Cubberly Florida History Award

Katie Mann
Freedom in the Foothills: Taking a Stand for Racial Equality in the Tallahassee Bus Boycott of 1956
Senior Historical Paper
Lawton Chiles High School (Leon)
Teacher: Nancy Watson

Hispanic Heritage Award

Alex Franco
Fidel Castro: The Rebel, the Comandante, the Legend
Junior Individual Website
Dunedin Highland Middle School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Teresa Bergstrom

Holocaust Education

Deepika Kannan
Irena Sendler: Taking a Stand Against Hate
Junior Individual Documentary
Sanford Middle School (Seminole)
Teacher: Jennifer Coursin

Legal Heritage Award

Lorraine Angelakos
John Walsh: Taking a Stand for Missing and Exploited Children
Senior Individual Exhibit
Pompano Beach High School (Broward)
Teacher: Ann Wilson

Military Heritage Award

Parker Beverly
Senator Margaret Chase Smith: Speaking for America's Conscience
Senior Individual Documentary
Pensacola High School (Escambia)
Teacher: James Ramey

Native American Heritage Award

Meredith McGhee
Bullets and Braids: AIM takes a Stand in 1973
Junior Individual Exhibit
Ernest Ward Middle School (Escambia)
Teacher: Laura Chavers

Science Heritage Award

Anisha Abraham
Rachel Carson: The Stand Saving a Silent Spring
Junior Individual Exhibit
Dunedin Highland Middle School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Teresa Bergstrom

Space Heritage Award

Manoj Kambara, Logan Beatty
Taking on the Challenger: Allan J. McDonald
Senior Group Website
Land O' Lakes High School (Pasco)
Teacher: Jennifer O'Connor-Podraza

Sports Heritage Award

Lin Ai Liao
Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Game that Changed the World
Junior Individual Exhibit
Cornerstone Learning Community (Leon)
Teacher: Jessica Kimelman

Women's Heritage Award

Graybill Partington
Susan B. Anthony—Standing with Strength and Courage for Woman's Suffrage
Junior Individual Performance
Episcopal Day School Christ Church (Escambia)
Teacher: Jennifer Russell

World War II Heritage Award

Grace Stanley
Duty Despite Discrimination: The Untold Story of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the Only All African American Female Unit to Serve Overseas during WWII
Junior Individual Documentary
Brown Barge Middle School (Escambia)
Teacher: Nora Guy