2019 Florida History Day
State Contest Winners

The following teachers and students received awards at the Florida History Day state competition Awards Ceremony on May 7, 2019.



Junior Historical Paper

Placement Entry
1st Place

Kai Gao
The Great Fire of London: Human Triumph in the Face of Disaster
Loggers' Run Community Middle School (Palm Beach)
Teacher: Carolina Simon

2nd Place

Frederic Bowen
Tragedy in Disaster, Triumph for Every American Laborer - The Triangle Factory Fire
Charles S. Rushe Middle School (Pasco)
Teacher: Jennifer O'Connor-Podraza

3rd Place

Deshani Hettiarachchi
Eelam War One: The Beginning of the End of the Sri Lankan Civil War
Orange Park Junior High School (Clay)
Teacher: Cynthia Cheatwood

Senior Historical Paper

Placement Entry
1st Place

Victor Xie
Celebrating Historic Triumphs in the Midst of Tragedy: Ernie Pyle's Quest to Honor the Infantry of WWII
St. Petersburg High School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Angela Hack

2nd Place

Ashley Wu
The Publication of the Pentagon Papers: Triumphs of the Free Press vs. Tragedy of Casualties and Distrust
Pensacola High School (Escambia)
Teacher: Michael Jones

3rd Place

Elizabeth Rivabem
Restricted Reading: The Libraries Under the Nazi Regime
Gulliver Schools-Pinecrest High School (Miami-Dade)
Teacher: Lindsey Maxwell

Junior Individual Documentary

Placement Entry
1st Place

Sophie Schaked
The Barbie Doll: A Toy That Changed the Nature of Play and Empowered a Generation of Young Girls
Lake Highland Preparatory School (Orange)
Teacher: Alex Hujik

2nd Place

Rishit Shaquib
The Bosnian War, A War Truly Forgotten.
Howard Middle School (Marion)
Teacher: Pamela Earnest

3rd Place

Ayman Badawy
The Selma Marches: Rallying for Rights
Lake Highland Preparatory School (Orange)
Teacher: Lee Pope

Junior Group Documentary

Placement Entry
1st Place

Kyra Henriques, Lucy Guo
Marie Curie: A Trailblazer, A Scientist A Humanitarian
Sanford Middle School (Seminole)
Teachers: Mike Travis, Michael Pitts

2nd Place

Emily Hayes, Riley Matthews
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem Here”: The Triumph and Tragedy of Apollo 13
Dunedin Highland Middle School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Teresa Bergstrom

3rd Place

Lucy Weltman, JJ Weltman, Camryn Curry
Women in Baseball: Belles of the Ballgame
Lake Highland Preparatory School (Orange)
Teachers: Alex Hujik, Lee Pope

Senior Individual Documentary

Placement Entry
1st Place

William An
Women in Revolt: The Enduring Legacy of the Newsweek Lawsuit
Frank W. Springstead High School (Hernando)
Teacher: Suzanne Miranda

2nd Place

Matias Civita
AIDS in America: Triumph and Tragedy
Spanish River Community High School (Palm Beach)
Teachers: Kim Green, Michael Bartholomew

3rd Place

Emily Schuler
Cuban Cigar Rolling in Florida: The Triumph of Industrialization and the Economic Tragedies of Labor Unions.
Land O' Lakes High School (Pasco)
Teacher: Jennifer O'Connor-Podraza

Senior Group Documentary

Placement Entry
1st Place

Elissa Andah, Arlene Nova
The South African Apartheid: Fighting for Equality
Haines City Senior High School (Polk)
Teacher: Mary Love

2nd Place

Ethan Schrock, Dominic Cuffaro, Andrew Moor
Mendez v. Westminster Discrimination and School Desegregation
Sarasota Christian School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Susan Hedgcock

3rd Place

Alycia Cypress, Theodore Rackauskas
The Unconquered People
American Heritage School (Broward)
Teachers: Leslie Porges, Kimberly Hughes

Junior Individual Performance

Placement Entry
1st Place

Daniela Guarino
Anne Frank and Miep Gies: The Triumph of Humanity over the Tragedy of War
American Heritage School Of Boca/Delray (Palm Beach)
Teacher: Mindy Greenberg

2nd Place

Emma Schenker
Out of the Dark and Into the Light: The Tragedy and Triumph of Helen Keller
City/Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (Broward)
Teacher: Deanne Reynolds

3rd Place

Ashley Nadeau
Corrie Ten Boom
Real Life Christian Academy (Lake)
Teacher: Mark Dineen

Junior Group Performance

Placement Entry
1st Place

Sydney Downey, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Triumph for Women during the Tragedy of War
Saint Brendan Catholic School (Volusia)
Teacher: Lizanne Swaringen

2nd Place

Sophia Abati, Cate Zeiger
Civil War Wives
American Heritage School (Broward)
Teachers: Leslie Porges, Kimberly Hughes

3rd Place

Ellie Kim, Micaela Pedrazas, Natalie Grote
Over Those 12 Feet
Thurgood Marshall Fundamental (Pinellas)
Teacher: Laura Gibson

Senior Individual Performance

Placement Entry
1st Place

Max Mateer
Swallowing the Lion's Pride: A Requiem in Recompense
Pensacola High School (Escambia)
Teacher: Michael Jones

2nd Place

Jessica Chang
Alice Paul: Brazen Suffragist and the Greatest Triumph for Women in America
City/Pembroke Pines Charter High School (Broward)
Teachers: Carrie Hyacinth, Andrew Curry

3rd Place

Joshua Hoffman
STS 51-L When the Truth was Not Enough
American Heritage School (Broward)
Teachers: Leslie Porges, Kimberly Hughes

Senior Group Performance

Placement Entry
1st Place

Reagan Wells, Sierra Smith, Mary Katherine Rookis, Knoxye Grinstead
Triumph or Tragedy?: The Case of the Lowell Mill Girls
Seacoast Collegiate High School (Walton)
Teachers: Brian Michie, Kasi Coulther

2nd Place

Alan Michael, Joshua Pantano, Logan Graham, Daniel Fedchenko
Tragedy on the Trail of Engineering Triumph: A Panama Canal Flashback
Allen D Nease Senior High School (St. Johns)
Teacher: Joseph Tusing

3rd Place

Sarah McCartney, Hannah McCartney
Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell: The triumph of Women's Healthcare in an Antebellum America
Carrollwood Day School (Hillsborough)
Teacher: Sabrina McCartney

Junior Individual Exhibit

Placement Entry
1st Place

Alicia Rhinehart
Helen Keller
Joseph L. Carwise Middle School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Jamie Colver

2nd Place

Sukeerth Goly
The Great Fire of London
Fairview Middle School (Leon)
Teacher: Charles Persall

3rd Place

Nicolas Quintana
Is There Hope? The Triumph and Tragedy of the Holocaust
City/Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School (Broward)
Teacher: Deanne Reynolds

Junior Group Exhibit

Placement Entry
1st Place

Carly White, Orie White
Loss Comes to Light: Holocaust Twin Testing
Deerlake Middle School (Leon)
Teacher: Amice Fletcher

2nd Place

Alex Heard, Zack Wooster
The Impact of the Atomic Bomb on Japan, WWII, and the World
American Heritage School Of Boca/Delray (Palm Beach)
Teacher: Mindy Greenberg

3rd Place

Juliana Siegel, Indigo Polischuk
She's Making History Working for Victory
American Heritage School Of Boca/Delray (Palm Beach)
Teacher: Mindy Greenberg

Senior Individual Exhibit

Placement Entry
1st Place

Sarah Robison
Connecting to Victory!
Homeschool (Hillsborough)
Teacher: Deborah Robison

2nd Place

Abigail Kizer
The Black Swallow of Death: Eugene Bullard's Triumph in the French Military and the Tragedy of American Racism
Weeki Wachee High School (Hernando)
Teacher: Damien Clark

3rd Place

Savanna Cowan
Triumph and Tragedy on the Oregon Trail
Father Lopez High School (Volusia)
Teacher: Darla Tedesco

Senior Group Exhibit

Placement Entry
1st Place

Jonathan Yacobi, Renee Jones
Breaking the Chains
Largo High School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Koehler David

2nd Place

Baily Palmer, Peter Zeledon, Alondra Curet
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study Tragedy: A Triumph in Medical Morality
Osceola County School For The Arts (Osceola)
Teacher: Kelly Cotton

3rd Place

Andy Nguyen, Malia Robinson
The Silent Spring That Sprouted into a Not-So-Silent Discussion.
Anclote High School (Pasco)
Teacher: Jennifer O'Connor-Podraza

Junior Individual Website

Placement Entry
1st Place

Maegan Smarkusky
The Tragedy of the Triangle Factory Fire and the Triumph of American Worker Safety.
Seven Springs Middle School (Pasco)
Teacher: Arlene Martinez

2nd Place

Whitney Bouk
WW II's Forgotten Fighters: Women Airforce Service Pilots
Gulf Breeze Middle School (Santa Rosa)
Teacher: Grace Freeman

3rd Place

Max Caldwell
Joan of Arc: A Courageous Leader whose Life Ended in Flames
Fort Clarke Middle School (Alachua)
Teacher: Christopher Weaver

Junior Group Website

Placement Entry
1st Place

Devin Gulliver, Quinn Gulliver
Lands of the Free - Rediscovering America's First Free Maroon Communities
Pine View School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Carol Lavallee

2nd Place

Arista Athanassie, Kaiden Britz, Tina Gudovic
Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium: A Life Dedicated To Science
Plato Academy Charter School Tarpon Springs (Pinellas)
Teacher: Andreas Mandelos

3rd Place

Abby Self, Elizabeth Watson, Mohammad (Sohail) Tanveer, Henry Fisher
When the Nation Held Its Breath: The USS Squalus
Creative Learning Academy (Escambia)
Teacher: Leigh Anne Eubanks

Senior Individual Website

Placement Entry
1st Place

Kasha Tyranski
The Suez Crisis of 1956: Triumph & Tragedy in the Name of Economic Domination
St. Petersburg High School (Pinellas)
Teacher: Angela Hack

2nd Place

Mindy Do
Monopolizing America's Beauty: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Yosemite Indians
Cypress Creek Middle/High School (Pasco)
Teacher: Constance Hines

3rd Place

Maya Srinivasan
"Drinking the Kool-Aid": The Triumph of Jim Jones and the Tragedy of the Peoples Temple
Palm Harbor University High (Pinellas)
Teacher: Jason Tsardoulias

Senior Group Website

Placement Entry
1st Place

Julia Lubitz, Amanda Mickler
Zeal of the Broken: ZOB Resilience and Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto
The King's Academy (Palm Beach)
Teacher: Nikki Berger

2nd Place

Lydia Chung, Van-Anh Nguyen
Nikolai Vavilov and the Global Seed Bank
Seminole High School (Seminole)
Teacher: Nicole Wesley

3rd Place

Madison Evasius, Tyler Chin-Lenn, Mikayela Smith
The Forgotten Tragedy of Japanese-American Internment
The King's Academy (Palm Beach)
Teacher: John Raines