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Special Awards

Virginia History Award

The Virginia Historical Society will be offering an award to the best Junior and Senior level projects focused on Virginia History. The award includes a certificate and $250 monetary prize for each project.

The Mary Bicouvaris Award in Virginia History

The Mary Bicouvaris Award in Virginia History is given by her friends in honor of her many years of service to students and teachers in Hampton City Public Schools and Hampton Roads Academy and as a Professor of Education at Christopher Newport University. She believed that the most important job in the world was teaching and her love of democracy was her teaching trademark. The Mary Bicouvaris Award in Virginia History will be presented for two projects judged to be the best in any aspect of Virginia history. Each student participant will receive $50.00 in the best Junior Division and Senior Division category.

Naval Order of the United States Award in Naval History

The Naval Order of the Unites States' “charge” is to encourage research and writing on naval and maritime subjects, and to promote the preservation of historic artifacts and memories of our naval and maritime history.
 
NOUS will present an award to the project that is judged to best highlight naval history in both the Junior and Senior levels. The Hampton Roads Commandery will sponsor a $100 prize in the Junior level and The National Capital Commandery will award a $200 prize in the Senior level.

Sons of the American Revolution Award

The Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) will present an award judged to be the best entry regarding Revolutionary War history.
Two prizes of $100 cash and a good citizenship medal will be awarded, one in the Junior Division, the other in the Senior Division.

 

General Douglas MacArthur Foundation Military History Award

The General Douglas MacArthur Foundation will present two awards: one in the Junior level and the other in the Senior level. The awards will be given to outstanding entries that focus on some aspect of WWI, WWII, the Occupation of Japan or the Korean War- all events in which General MacArthur participated. Winners of the award will receive a $100 prize and a MacArthur Commemorative Medallion.

The Mariners' Museum and the USS MONITOR Center  

The Mariners' Museum and Park and the USS MONITOR Center in Newport News, Virginia, will offer prizes to students and teachers in the Junior and Senior Levels. 

 

 

The George Washington Leadership Prize

George Washington stood at the center of the world stage through the second half of the 18th 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 in 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.

National Maritime Historical Society

The National Maritime Historical Society (NMHS) was founded in 1963 by a small group attempting to save the Kaiulani (1899), the last American-built square-rigger to carry a cargo around Cape Horn in 1941. Ultimately, the rescue effort failed and the ship was scrapped in 1974. The Society, however, continued its efforts to inform all Americans, young and old alike, of the rich maritime heritage of our country and its importance, not only in the past, but most importantly to the future of the nation.

The Society publishes Sea History magazine and various maritime books, sponsors maritime events and conferences working in cooperation with other maritime-oriented organizations and maritime museums around the country. The Society has been a catalyst in the formation of organizations such as the American Society of Marine Artists, the Council of American Maritime Museums, the National Maritime Alliance, and the Hudson River Maritime Museum.

The Society views the National History Day program as a unique opportunity to encourage middle school and high school students to research, study, and learn about the great maritime heritage of the country.

Additional information about the National Maritime Historical Society may be found on the website: www.SeaHistory.org.

First Prize (One each for Junior and Senior divisions)

  • $150 cash scholarship (divided equally for group projects)
  • One year membership in NMHS which includes Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in Sea History and on www.SeaHistory.org
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Mentoring teacher will receive a one year membership in NMHS, the two volume

set of Voyages: The Age of Sail and Voyages: The Age of Engines, and recognition
in Sea History and on www.SeaHistory.org

Second Prize (One each for Junior and Senior divisions)

  • One year membership in NMHS which includes Sea History magazine
  • Recognition in Sea History and on www.SeaHistory.org
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Mentoring teacher will receive a one year membership in NMHS and recognition in Sea History and on www.SeaHistory.org
Bill Obrochta

William B. Obrochta, Manager of Educational Services

For more information on Virginia History Day, contact me at wobrochta@vahistorical.org. You can also follow Virginia History Day on Facebook and Twitter.