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2019 National Winners


Sixty students represented Florida during the National History Day (NHD) competition, June 9-13, at the University of Maryland, College Park. The national contest drew more than 3,000 students from the fifty states, District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in Southeast Asia. About 600,000 students annually participate in NHD. Below is a listing of Florida’s National History Day winners and finalists.

NHD category winners

Senior Individual Performance



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
Pembroke Pines Charter High School (Broward)
Carrie Hyacinth

Outstanding Affiliate Award

Junior Division

Daniela Guarino—Junior Individual Performance
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

Senior Division

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

Equality in History Special Prize

William An—Senior Individual Documentary
Women in Revolt: The Enduring Legacy of the Newsweek Lawsuit
Teacher: Suzanne Miranda

NHD Finalists

Finalists are students whose entry is among the top ten projects in their division and category.

Junior Group Website

6th Place

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

Senior Group Performance

10th Place

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

National History Academy Scholarship

The National History Academy is a residential camp in Virginia for high-school students with a passion for learning more about the foundations of American Democracy.


Max Mateer
Pensacola High School (Escambia)
Teacher: Michael Jones