National History Day Winners from HOTRHF

The top two state level winners in each category qualify for national competition. The prizes at NHD include:

First place receives $1,000 plus a gold medal
Second place receives $500 plus a silver medal
Third place receives $250 plus a bronze medal.

To be named a finalist in the top fourteen projects out of 122 projects in each category is an exceptional accomplishment.

(Year, category, student(s) name, school; bold print signifies winner level at NHD)

1989 ● Individual Media ● Ronald Meador ● West High School

1992 ● Individual Media ● Luke Barbin ● St. Louis School

1993 ● Historical Paper ● Wylie DeWalt ● St. Louis School

1994 ● Group Exhibit ● Wylie DeWalt, Drew DeWalt ● St. Louis School

1998 ● Individual Performance ● Branson Heinz ● St. Louis School ● 8th place, Junior

1998 ● Individual Media ● David Levy ● Lake Air Middle School

1998 ● Group Exhibit ● Candace Haney, Becky Kunkel, Baxter Steakley ● St. Louis School

1999 ● Historical Paper ● Laura Hartman ● St. Louis School ● 9th place, Junior

1999 ● Individual Exhibit ● Clint Detlefsen ● Lake Air Middle School

2000 ● Group Exhibit ● Baxter Bosche, Nate Beal ● St. Louis School ● 4th place, Junior

2000 ● Historical Paper ● Aaron Borsellino ● St. Louis School

2000 ● Individual Exhibit ● Nicholas Steger ● Midway Middle School

2001 ● Individual Performance ● Joseph Cullar ● Lake Air Middle School ● 6th place, Junior

2001 ● Group Performance ● Wren Gafford, Carrie Norwood, Katie Blackwell, Emily Baker, Nicole Shubiak ● Lorena Middle School

2001 ● Group Performance ● Jenny McClain, Alec Warren, Philip Grace ● Midway Middle School

2002 ● Individual Exhibit ● Thomas Miller ● Lake Air Middle School

2003 ● Individual Performance ● Colin Powell ● Lake Air Middle School ● 1st place, Junior

2003 ● Individual Exhibit ● Thomas Miller ● Lake Air Middle School

2003 ● Group Performance ● Amber Essary, Shawn McCully, Whitney Gafford ● Lorena Middle School

2004 ● Group Performance ● Amber Essary, Shawn McCully, Whitney Gafford ● Lorena Middle School ● 1st place, Junior

2004 ● Individual Performance ● Robert Bradfield ● Lake Air Middle School

2005 ● Individual Performance ● Whitney Gafford ● Lorena Middle School ● 1st place, Junior

2005 ● Individual Documentary ● Karl Lockhart ● Midway Middle School ● 3rd place, Junior

2005 ● Individual Documentary ● Amber Essary ● Lorena Middle School

2006 ● Individual Performance ● Collin Cresson ● Lorena Middle School ● 1st place, Junior

2006 ● Historical Paper ● Lindsay Liles ● C. H. Yoe High School ● Special Award, Jamestown 400th Anniversary                                            

2006 ● Individual Performance ● Whitney Gafford ● Lorena High School ● 7th place, Senior

2007 ● Individual Performance ● Whitney Gafford ● Lorena High School ● 3rd place, Senior

2007 ● Individual Exhibit ● David Miller ● Lake Air Middle School ● 9th place, Junior

2007 ● Historical Paper ● Corey Robert ● Lake Air Middle School

2007 ● Group Exhibit ● Alex Warren, Emmy Dickson, Kaitlyn Wallace, Lizzie Lamar ● Lorena Middle School

2008 ● Individual Exhibit ● Erin Bradley ● C.H. Yoe High School

2008 ● Individual Documentary ● Karl Lockhart ● Midway High School

2008 ● Individual Documentary ● Calley Powell ● Lake Air Middle School

2009 ● Historical Paper ● Corey Roberts ● Lake Air Middle School ● 5th place, Junior

2009 ● Web Site ● Katherine Parker ● Tennyson Middle School ● 8th place, Junior

2009 ● Historical Paper ● Ashley Kaul ● Homeschool/McGregor

2009 ● Group Exhibit ● Austin Gorham, Joshua Owens ● Tennyson Middle School

2009 ● Individual Exhibit ● Kennedy Sam ● Tennyson Middle School

2009 ● Individual Exhibit ● Melvin Wall ● Tennyson Middle School

2010 ● Individual Documentary ● Matthew Johnson ● Tennyson Middle School ● 5th place, Junior

2010 ● Individual Exhibit ● Veronica Morgan ● Midway Middle School

2011 ● Individual Documentary ● Ben Martinsen ● Waco Baptist Academy ● 14th place, Junior

2011 ● Group Performance ● Jordan Blair, Kristen Chapman, Reed Cooper, Stefan White ● Waco High School

Outstanding Texas Teacher of the Year: Shelby Milam from Midway Middle School (Midway ISD). Two teachers are nominated by each state and US province annually. Shelby is the first HOTRHF teacher to receive a THD Texas Teacher of the Year award, which made her eligible to compete against 143 other teachers at NHD 2011 for National Teacher of the Year.

2012 ● Historical Paper ● Corey Robert ● Waco High School

2012 ● Individual Documentary ● Tanner Haney ● Lake Air Intermediate School

2013 ● Individual Performance ● Zane McDurham ● Waco High School

2013 ● Individual Documentary ● Gloria Conatser ● Atlas Academy

2013 ● Group Documentary ● Scott DuPuy & Paige DuPuy ● Atlas Academy

2014 ● Group Performance ● Brigette Eichenberg, Paige DuPuy ● Atlas Academy ● 3rd Place, Junior

2014 ● Individual Performance ● Haley Miller ● Waco High School ● 6th Place, Senior Division                          

2015 ● Group Performance ● Brigette Eichenberg, Paige DuPuy, Neal DuPuy ● Atlas Academy ● 2nd Place, Junior

2015 ● Individual Performance ● Harper Hoover ● Atlas Academy

2015 ● Individual Documentary ● Gloria Conatser ● Atlas Academy ● 3rd Place, Junior

2015 ● Individual Website ● Michael Wood ● Atlas Academy

Texas Outstanding Teacher for 2014 (Texas History Day special award): Mr. Patrick Browder from Lorena Middle School (Lorena ISD). Mr. Browder was awarded a trophy and a monetary prize with the honor of joining teachers from across the nation to compete for National History Day Teacher of the Year.