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Special Prizes and Awards

Best Use of Economics Award

Presented by the Oklahoma Council for Economic Education, this award will be given to one Junior Division and one Senior Division entry that addresses a topic related to economics and/or finance in history. Students should display a clear understanding of their topic, its historical context, and the impact it has today as well as how economics directly impacted the person or event. The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is promoting economic and financial literacy for all of Oklahoma. Established in 1954, OCEE is affiliated with the Council for Economic Education a national network of state councils and university-based centers. This prize is open to individual and group entries in all categories. Each winning entry will receive a $250 prize to be divided among entry participants.

This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest in each division.

Legacy Award Nominations

The Legacy Award is a student prize given by the Creativity Foundation. Their mission is to foster creativity and leadership in youth. (Check out their website - http://www.creativity-found.org.)

Select renowned organizations (such as the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, and the National Institute of Mental Health) choose one model student to participate in the Benjamin Franklin Legacy Prize program. The prize allows selected students to come to Washington, DC, in the spring to meet with that year's Laureate winner. Past Laureates include Yo-Yo Ma, Sandra Day O'Connor and Ted Turner.

Nomination Form (PDF)

The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

The Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award recognizes outstanding National History Day (NHD) teachers. Two winners, one at both the junior level (grades 6-8) and senior level (grades 9-12), will be selected from each NHD affiliate. The winners of the national awards will be selected from among the affiliate awardees. Each affiliate winner will be awarded $500.00 and the national winners will receive $10,000.00.

Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award Nomination Form (PDF)

Oklahoma Winners:
2014 Penny Heath, Canton Public Schools National Junior Division Winner

The George Washington Leadership Prize

Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events

Presented by George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.
George Washington stood at the center of the world stage from 1753 until his death in 1799. He played a pivotal role in every major event surrounding the founding of our nation. His perseverance and often underrated ability as Commander in Chief ensured American independence from Great Britain. His presence at the Constitutional Convention assured legitimacy and, later, ratification. The precedents he set as the first president continue to guide presidential policies. His examples of civic responsibility and responsible leadership remain relevant examples today.

This $250 prize will be awarded to an outstanding project that demonstrates a clear understanding of the ideas and events that defined Washington's leadership in his roles as commander in chief of the Continental Army, presiding officer of the Constitutional Convention, entrepreneur, and/or first president and connects Washington's legacy of leadership to events and ideas of the 21st century.

This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest in each division.

The GlobalHealth Award

Presented by GlobalHealth, this award will be presented to one Junior Division and one Senior Division entry that addresses a topic related to health and medicine. Students should display a clear understanding of their topic, its historical context, and the impact it has today. This prize is open to individual and group entries in all categories. Each winning entry will receive a $250 prize to be divided among entry participants.

This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest in each division.

Historic Preservation Award

Presented by the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, this award will be given to one Junior Division and one Senior Division entry that addresses a topic related to historic preservation specifically by interpreting the importance of place and through the use of the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register of Historic Places was created in 1966 by the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Students should demonstrate a clear understanding of their topic, its historical context, and the impact it has today. This prize is open to individual and group entries in all categories. Each winning entry will receive a $250 prize to be divided among entry participants.

This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest in each division.

Best Exhibit Design

Presented by the Oklahoma Museums Association, this award will be given to one Junior Division and one Senior Division entry that exemplifies best exhibit design practices in creating their National History Day entry.

Students should demonstrate a clear understanding of their topic, its historical context, the impact it has today, and present their content in a visually appealing exhibit that incorporates best practices in exhibit design. Projects will be evaluated on exhibit neatness, design layout, color usage, image selection and display, and overall project presentation. This prize is open to individual and group entries in the exhibit category. Each winning entry will receive a $125 prize to be divided among entry participants.

This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest in each division.

The Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) is a 501c3 organization, which was founded in 1972, with the mission to assist Oklahoma museums with their efforts to educate, inform and entertain. OMA is the primary provider of professional training, technical information and best practices to staff, board members and volunteers of Oklahoma's 500 museums, historic sites, tribal cultural centers, and historical societies. Our office is located in Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. We are a professional organization serving the Oklahoma museum community. OMA plays an active leadership role by offering a variety of services, programs and public awareness of Oklahoma's museums. OMA offers a variety of opportunities to communicate and connect. Professional development and advocacy is at the focus of OMA programs and services. OMA and our 650+ members are the collective Oklahoma museum voice.

Contact Us

For more information about Special Awards please contact:

Sarah Dumas
Oklahoma History Center
405-522-0791
sdumas@okhistory.org

Rachel Kellum
Oklahoma History Center
405-522-0793
rkellum@okhistory.org