Record Number of Student Entries Set For 2019 Riverside County History Day

For seventh consecutive year, record number of entries (241) from 16 districts and 62 local public, private, and charter schools will participate with the 2019 theme of “Triumph and Tragedy in History”

History Day winners pose with Dr. Judy D. White

Dr. Judy D. White, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools, with some of the top 2018 Riverside County History Day students. At this year’s competition, 425 students from across the county will be showing off their historical knowledge and competing for a spot at the State History Day competition.

RIVERSIDE – Global tragedies ranging from genocides and wars to triumphs of human rights and medical breakthroughs will be the topics of student entries at the 2019 Riverside County History Day competition. The event will feature 425 participating students on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Valley View High School (13135 Nason Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92555). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and end with an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. in the gymnasium.

Featuring the 2019 theme of “Triumph and Tragedy in History,” the ever-expanding competition will feature more than twice as many students and entries as in 2013. Students in grades 4-5 will compete in the poster category. Junior division (grades 6-8) and senior division (grades 9-12) categories include:

    • Documentary
    • Performance
    • Exhibit
    • Paper
    • Website

The only categories open to the public for viewing will be the performance and documentary competition. The exhibit hall will be open to the public starting at 3 p.m.

The top three finishers in each category in the junior and senior division, and the top four finishers in the poster competition for 4th and 5th grade students, will advance to the National History Day-California State Competition held May 10-12, 2019, in Rocklin, California. Winners at the state level advance to the National History Day Competition, June 9-13, 2019, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

A brief selection of entries for 2019 include:

A Woman’s Perspective on Life in the California Gold Rush
Category: Elementary Individual Poster
Student: Faith Nelson
School: Boulder Ridge Elementary School
District: Romoland School District
Project Description From Student: Biography of the triumphs and tragedies of Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

Lowell School: The Integration of the Riverside Unified School District
Category: Individual Exhibit – Junior Division
Student: Eva Prince
School: Matthew Gage Middle School
District: Riverside Unified School District
Project Description From Student: Integration of the Riverside Unified School District in 1965.

Thirty Years of Girls Education in Underdeveloped Countries
Category: Individual Documentary – Junior Division
Student: Regina Rodriguez-Rivera
School: Villegas Middle School
District: Alvord Unified School District
Project Description From Student: A look at strides made in underdeveloped countries.

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Challenger Disaster
Category: Group Performance – Junior Division
Student: Mikayla Corning, Mackenzie Fouts
School: El Cerrito Middle School
District: Corona-Norco Unified School District

Ray Kroc: The Triumph and Tragedy of American Capitalism
Category: Individual Performance – Senior Division
Student: Lexie Bondoc
School: Valley View High School
District: Moreno Valley Unified School District

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Video Game Crash
Category: Group Performance – Senior Division
Student: Venecia Winstead, Hayden Harbison, Daniel Cuasay
School: Valley View High School
District: Moreno Valley Unified School District

Out of the Shadows – Rosemary and Eunice Kennedy: A Family’s Tragedy Becomes an International Triumph for Inclusion
Category: Group Documentary – Senior Division
Student: Haley Hocking, Sarah Runyan
School: Martin Luther King High School
District: Riverside Unified School District
Project Description From Student: The tragic lobotomy of Rosemary Kennedy inspired sister Eunice Kennedy to begin the Special Olympics and key legislation for the inclusion of the physically/mentally disabled.

The Cambodian Genocide: A Triumph for the Government and Tragedy for the People
Category: Group Documentary – Senior Division
Student: Dararith Sao, Vincent Ramos, Esteban Charry, Emiliano Ambriz
School: Centennial High School
District: Corona-Norco Unified School District
Project Description From Student: The rise of Pol Pot and the communist Khmer Rouge, and the devastating effects on Cambodian politics and society.