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Rhoades eighth grade students win big at the National History Day in San Diego County

Congratulations to all our 8th graders for all their hard work and perseverance on their National History Day projects!  Led by Julie Watts, History Teacher, students participated in the San Diego County competition and we are excited to share that we have a group of students eligible to move on to the state competition in Sacramento on April 15-16, 2023.

National History Day, is a year-long educational program that encourages students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, and create final projects that present their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by historians and educators.

Please congratulate our San Diego County winners and our champions who will advance to the state competition! See a full list of competition winners here 

Junior Individual Documentary


  • Adjusting the Lens: How the Carte-de-Visite Reframed the Civil War in the Public’s Viewfinder by Emma L. 
  • Changing the Medical World Forever: How Vaccines Save Lives by Simon S. 
  • (Later int. requested) From Schoolhouse Gate to Supreme Court: The Tinker v. Des Moines Case and the Struggle for Students’ Freedom of Expression by Lily L.

Outstanding Project in American History

Adjusting the Lens: How the Carte-de-Visite Reframed the Civil War in the Public’s Viewfinder by Emma L.

Best Use of Primary Sources

Crossing the Frontier of Conflict: The Good Friday Agreement and the Quest for Peace in Ireland by KC G.

Junior Individual Website


  • The Printing Press: Publicizing ideas in 15th Century Europe and Beyond by Summer G.
  • The Telegraph: A Rapid Connection that Transformed Communication in the United States by Bennet B.

Honorable Mention

The Capitalist Explosion: How it Transformed the Old and New Worlds by Sebastian G.

Group Documentary

Honorable Mention and Judges’ Choice Award

Junior Group Documentary: How Olympian Jesse Owens Dashed the Frontier of Jim Crow Discrimination by Andrew C. and Emma D.

Junior Group Website 


  • Title IX: The Tidal Wave of Equality that Transformed Women’s Sports by Rylan P. and Sophie W.
  • How the Polio Vaccine Advanced Medical Discovery and Revolutionized Public Health by Emma Y. and Stella B.

Honorable Mention

An Era of Oppression: How the Division of Berlin Disconnected the Lives of its Citizens by Eli B. and Sasha W.

Junior Group Exhibit 


The Eiffel Tower: A Controversial Masterpiece that Transformed Modern Architecture by Genevieve F. and Judah P.

Junior Historical Paper

Honorable Mention

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution: How His Discovery Affected People’s Views on Science and Religion and the Rift that Followed by Emma Z.



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