2020 National History Day Competition

Summer Royal '21 won first-place in the Senior Division Individual Documentary category for her work "The Tereshkova Effect: The Role of Propaganda in Breaking Barriers" in the 2020 National History Day Competition.


During the third week of June, students from all over the United States competed in various categories, including essays, websites and documentaries in the first National History Day® "virtual competition" (due to COVID-19 restrictions).

In addition, Summer earned the following awards for her documentary:

The Next Generation Angels Award & Ann Herrington Award
Ken Burns, National History Day® and The Better Angels Society recognize middle school and high school students with The Next Generation Angels Awards for excellence in historical filmmaking. The award serves as the youth component of the Library of Congress Ken Burns Prize for Film, an initiative to support professional filmmakers exploring themes in American history. The first-place film was selected based on how well the student addressed the 2020 National History Day theme -- Breaking Barriers in History -- for the Ann Herrington Award.

National Endowment for the Humanities -- Scholar Designation
National History Day® offers yearlong academic programs that engage more than 500,000 middle school and high school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics of interest. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest (traditionally held at the University of Maryland, College Park). The top students at the national competition earn the National Endowment for the Humanities’ designation “National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar.”

National History Academy Scholarship
A full scholarship awarded to attend the National History Academy in the summer of 2021.