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State Special Prizes and Awards

The Grand River Dam Authority Best Environmental Project Award

Reclamation, Environmental Stewardship, Conservation
Presented by the Grand River Dam Authority whose responsibilities include a comprehensive ecosystems management plan, public outreach programs, water quality monitoring, flood mitigation and more. Beginning with Senate Bill 395, known as the Grand River Dam Authority Enabling Act, the GRDA has served as an agent of conservation and reclamation for decades. Two $250 prizes will be awarded at the state National History Day contest. One award will be presented in each division to an outstanding individual or group project that demonstrates a clear understanding of environmental stewardship, reclamation, or conservation, or which narrates the history of such endeavors. Students should be able to relate impact of their topic through their project and interview with judges. This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest in each division.

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. Visit their website at 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 visit 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 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 and the national winners will receive $10,000.
Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award Nomination Form (PDF)
Oklahoma Winners: Penny Heath, Canton Public Schools National Junior Division Winner, 2014


Mount Vernon

The George Washington Leadership Prize

George Washington stood at the center of the world stage through the second half of the eighteenth century and has continued to do so since his death in 1799. He played a pivotal role in every major event surrounding the founding of our nation through his roles as Commander in Chief, president at the Constitutional Convention, citizen farmer, and the President of the United States of America. His actions have been examples of civic responsibility, patriotism, and historic complexity over time and remain relevant in national dialogue today.

Presented by the Washington Library at George Washington's Mount Vernon, this $250 prize will be awarded to outstanding projects in both the junior and senior categories that demonstrate a clear understanding of the ideas and events defined by Washington's life, leadership, and legacy. In addition to outstanding historical interpretation, we award special consideration to projects that seek innovative and compelling ways to tell the story of George Washington so that his timeless and relevant life are accessible to the world.

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.

The Best Use of Family History Prize

This award is presented with the James DeLoss Dailey Living History Fund and Discover Hidden Treasures project. Discover Hidden Treasure is a family heritage learning activity designed for classroom use through collaboration among the Oklahoma-based History and Preservation Association of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; the Community Partnership Development Foundation of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Ride into History Cultural and Educational Project, Inc. with cooperation from the Kansas State Department of Education. This hands-on, performance-based activity encourages students to explore their own family heritage and history through examining objects the family values. Through these historical artifacts, students will gain an understanding of who they are, where they came from, and how they got here, teaching students to appreciate history. Two $250 prizes will be awarded at the state National History Day Contest. One award will be presented in each division to an outstanding individual or group project that demonstrates a clear understanding of their families historic tie to history using journals, oral histories, objects, etc. Students should be able to relate impact through their project and interview with judges. For more information on the Discover Hidden Treasures project, please visit www.discoverhiddentreasure.org.

Contact Us

For more information about Special Awards please contact:

Sarah Dumas
Oklahoma History Center
405-522-0785
sdumas@okhistory.org