IUSD Receives Prestigious National History Day Recognition


Four Irvine schools will send two team and three individual student projects to the national Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at University of Maryland at College Park, from June 14-18.  National History Day, is a non-profit education organization dedicated to engaging middle- and high-school students around the world in conducting original research on historical topics of interest.  The National History Day Contest in Maryland is the final stage in a series of contests at the county and state levels.  Guo Project NHD State 2015

To qualify for the national competition, Irvine students competed against more than 1,000 students from 25 counties at the state competition in early May.  Irvine projects moving on to the national competition are:

Junior Individual Exhibit

  • Augustus Caesar: His Leadership Through an Empire and Legacy of its Fall
    • Lakeside Middle School
    • Alina Guo
  • Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    • Lakeside Middle School
    • Morgan Kopecky 

Junior Group Documentary

  • Henry Ford
    • Sierra Vista Middle School
    • Michelle Kroll and Frances Kroll

 Junior Individual Website

  • Florence Nightingale: The Lady with the Lamp
    • Jeffrey Trail Middle School
    • Mulan Homo

 Junior Historical Paper

  • Harry Truman: A Leadership and Legacy in the Truman Doctrine
    • Sierra Vista Middle School
    • Miranda Wu

Senior Group Documentary

  • The Legacy of Ed Sullivan: Bringing the Civil Rights Movement into America’s Living Room
    • Woodbridge High School
    • Cullen Darius, Garrett Moore, Josh Morrison, Mitchell Cronin and Scott Armstrong

National History Day has also recognized two Irvine teachers.  University High School teacher Judy Richonne, was one of only two winners from California to receive the National History Day Teacher of the Year for her outstanding creativity, commitment and inspiration in developing student interest in history.  She is eligible for the national Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced on June 18 at the competition in Maryland.

In April, Judy also received the Outstanding Contributions to Education award from the Orange County Board of Education.

Additionally, Sierra Vista teacher Jonathan Millers was named runner up for the State of California as the National History Day Teacher of the Year.