Winning Projects 2014


National History Day (NHD) is a year-long educational program for middle- and high-school students that involves them in a competition to research, learn, and produce a creative project on a topic in history based on a theme. NMHS is an official supporter of this program in hopes of inspiring young people to learn about their maritime history by offering special NMHS prizes to the students who do the most outstanding project on a maritime topic. Students in Junior and Senior divisions submitted projects in five categories: Paper, Exhibit, Performance, Documentary or Website. Projects can be submitted by an individual or by a group.

We’d like to extend our congratulations to all of this year’s winners, and a thank you to all of the hard-working teachers, coordinators and judges who make this event such a memorable and rewarding experience.

Thanks to the generous support of our NMHS trustees, winners of this year’s National History Day competition in maritime subjects have been invited to take part in a day sail aboard the schooner Virginia.

Congratulations to all of the winners listed below!


NHD 2014 CT

Connecticut winner Ana Peczuh with judges Capt. Cesare Sorio and Steven Park

Junior 1st: Ana Peczuh for the paper International Whaling CommissionLimiting Fishing Rights to Save the WhalesTeacher: Pat Pinney

Junior, Group 1st: Alex Sierra and Chase Sierra for the performance Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Judges: NMHS trustee Capt. Cesare Sorio and Steven H. Park, PhD, University of Connecticut



Junior 2ndJames McEwen and Nolan Roche for their website United States Responsibilities vs. Bikini Islanders RightsTeacher: Jennifer Sears

Junior 1st: Jack Horsman and Anthony Mitchell for the group website Conflicting Rights and Responsibilities During the Cuban Missile Crisis;  Teacher: Bob Jones

Judges Massachusetts History Day (MHD) state co-coordinator Bob Jones and MHD board member Bruce Appleby


New Jersey

Junior 2nd: Maria Tkacz, Natasha Kalwachwala & Margaret Tran for the exhibit USS Indianapolis: Rights and Responsibilities of the CrewTeacher: Priscilla Taylor

Junior 1st:  Ryan Rishi  for the exhibit US Marines: Semper Fidelis; Teacher: Jill Podell

Judge: NMHS chairman Ron Oswald


New York

Senior 1st: Joshua Somrah for the exhibit Hijacking the High SeasTeachers:  Melissa Jacobs and Samantha Gerantabee

Judges: NMHS president Burchenal Green and NMHS treasurer Howard Slotnick


National History Day NC Plus SM

Bryson Bayne, Jordan Jakubielski, and Aaron Tackett, with judge Salvatore Mercogliano. Photo courtesy Annamarie Jakubielski

North Carolina

Senior 2nd: Grant Terrell for the paper Titanic: Fate or Folly?; Teacher: Jennifer Bryan

Senior 1st: Nolan Parramore for the documentary Doris Miller: Limited Rights, Unyielding ResponsibilityTeacher:  Eric Sawyer

Junior 2nd:  Sean Douglas for his exhibit Unjust Immigration Laws 1900-1950 Teacher: Loretta Wilson

Junior 2nd: Jesse Steel and Craig Fortner for British East India Company

Junior 1st: Bryson Bayne, Jordan Jakubielski, and Aaron Tackett for The RMS Titanic: A Violation of Rights Leading to a Renewed Responsibility for Passenger Safety; Teacher: Lisa Dillon; Judge: Salvatore Mercogliano, PhD, Campbell University and the US Merchant Marine Academy


Rhode Island

Junior 1st: Natalie Mann for her exhibit Access to the Nation’s Coast: Ancient Rights, Modern Responsibility;  Teachers: Thalia Wood and Anibal Raposo

Senior 1st: Gillian Lessels for the documentary Nantucket Whaling Women: A Model of ResponsibilityTeacher:Colleen Hermes

Judges: George Goodwin, Annie Davis, Joseph Parys, Maureen Boland, Colleen Miller