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Special Prizes and Awards

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 - 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) select 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 NHD teachers. Two state winners, one at both the junior level and senior level, will be selected from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, International Schools-Asia and the U.S. territories. The winners of the national awards will be selected from among the state awardees. Each state winner will be awarded $500.00 and the national winners will receive $10,000.

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

The George Washington Leadership Prize

Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events
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 $500 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 May 1-2, 2013. If you would like more information please contact Jason Harris at jharris@okhistory.org or at (405) 522-0785.

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 entry participants.

This prize will be awarded at the Oklahoma State National History Day Contest May 7-8, 2014. If you would like more information please contact Jason Harris at jharris@okhistory.org or at (405) 522-0785.

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 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 May 7-8, 2014. If you would like more information please contact Jason Harris at jharris@okhistory.org or at 405-522-0785.