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2022 NHD in S.D. State Contest Awards and Sponsors

Congratulations to all our 2022 NHD in South Dakota State contest participants!

2022 Sponsors

Thank you to the following individuals and organizations for sponsoring awards at the 2022 NHD in South Dakota State Contest:

  • American Indian History: Friends of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
  • Junior and Senior Best Research Paper: Friends of South Dakota National History Day, Mrs. Kathie Tuntland
  • Junior Innovation in Science: Brookings Noon Lions Club
  • Senior Innovation in Science: Friends of the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
  • Junior Legal History: The Denholm Endowment
  • Junior and Senior Military History: Col. Ruth & Lt. Col. Reid Christopherson
  • Oral or British History: USD Department of History in Memory of Dr. Stephen Ward
  • Junior Rural Life & Agricultural History: SDSU College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences
  • Junior South Dakota History (State or Local Emphasis): General Federation of Women's Clubs Brookings Chapter, Friends of South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

2022 Loren Lutz Teacher of the Year Award

This award is given each year to a teacher who dedicates their teaching career to utilizing and working with the NHD program. We would like to recognize Sue Larson from Rapid City Christian as our 2022 Loren Lutz Teacher of the Year! Sue’s nomination form says it best: “Through the years, she has encouraged students to strive for the best and has been an example as she takes courses from NHD and shares her knowledge with her students. She encourages students to read deeply about their topic, checking out books for them from the public library or purchasing them for students. She teaches students to write a thesis and revise; instructs students on how to be great researchers. Sue has encouraged and connected students to interview individuals about their topics and to contact museums and curators about accessing their collections. She embodies for students the love of learning and the willingness to "dive deep" into a topic.” Congratulations, and thank you for what you do for NHD in SD!

Project Category Award Winners

First and second place winners in each category will advance to the virtual national contest this summer, while third place winners will serve as alternates.

Junior Group Documentary

  • First Place: 12004 - The 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty: One Too Many Broken Promises. Students: Addisyn Comes and Payton Routier from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.

Senior Group Documentary

  • First Place: 22001 - NASA: Diplomacy Amongst the Stars. Students: Sam Fischer, Alex Vonderau, and Jerred Zeigler from Rapid City Christian School. Teachers: Jennifer Prahl, Sue Larson, William Duncan.

Junior Group Exhibit

  • First Place: 16009 - American and Soviet Russian Relations of 1959: How a Debate Led to a Diplomatic Dinner. Students: Harper Lundgren, Ali Abdullahi, Levi Olson, and August Plesk from Patrick Henry Middle School. Teacher: Gretchen Doyle.
  • Second Place: 16003 - The Debate and Diplomacy that Led to the Friendship Treaty. Students: Hayden Pihl and Lincoln Wickstrom from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.
  • Third Place: 16007 - The Cuban Missile Crisis. Students: Mataya Knecht, Carter Chapin, Madelynn Micko from Britton-Hecla Jr. High. Teacher: Jenna Peters.

Senior Group Exhibit

  • First Place: 26004 - The Diplomacy that resolved the Barbary Pirates Conflict. Students: Kelby Hett, Keegan Hett, and Gage Gilbert from Harding County High School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.
  • Second Place: 26003 - The Prohibition Era. Students: Kolby Ries, Owen Gilmour, Jedi Bunting, Gavyn Jorgensen, and Troy Kneeland from Waverly-South Shore High School. Teacher: Brett Brennan.
  • Third Place: 26001 - The Thalidomide Scandal. Students: Abygail Bartscher and Kennedy Schaff from Roosevelt High School. Teacher: Marta Benson.

Junior Group Performance

  • Second Place: 14004 - Debating the Rights of the Cavalry: A Failed Diplomacy. Students: Kohl Risty and Shawn Glines from Harding County Middle School. Teachers: Tonja Montgomery Hansen, Jewel Lyons, and Gene Von Bickerdyke.

Senior Group Performance

  • Second Place: 24001 - The Big Three: How Churchill, Stalin, and FDR Debated a Diplomatic Way to End World War II. Students: Katie Minder, Jorja Whempner, Cierra Fonder, and Katie Karst from Summit High School. Teacher: Nathan Bloom.

Junior Group Website

  • First Place: 18001 - Star Wars: Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Students: Naomi Jespersen, Nadia Schneider, Brady Wheeler, and Christopher Tao from Patrick Henry Middle School. Teacher: Erica Bell.
  • Second Place: 18004 - 1966 Texas Western Miners; The Diplomacy of Desegregating College Sports. Students: Kaylen Padden and Raelee Hunsucker from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.
  • Third Place: 18003 - The Treaty of Versailles: Doom of the World. Students: Samuel Caugherty, William Jin, Joseph Michna, and Shaurya Sehgal from George S. Mickelson Middle School. Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg.

Senior Group Website

  • Second Place: 28004 - The Berlin Airlift. Students: Anna Schaefers and Kylie Comes from Waverly-South Shore High School. Teacher: Brett Brennan.

Junior Individual Documentary

  • First Place: 11001 - The American Civil War; The North and the South's Economic Conflict. Student: Say Harvey from Memorial Middle School. Teacher: Marta Benson.
  • Second Place: 11004 - The Bombing Debate of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Student: Casey Lindholm from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Jewel Lyons.
  • Third Place: 11003 - "Little Sure Shot": Annie Oakley takes on the West. Student: Alexys Rolph from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Jewel Lyons.

Senior Individual Documentary

  • First Place: 21001 - John Brown’s Death and How it Caused the End of Slavery. Student: Nathan Arens from Roosevelt High School. Teacher: Marta Benson.
  • Second Place: 21002 - William Wilberforce: The Debate to Abolish the Slave Trade. Student: William Engmann from Rapid City Christian School. Teachers: William Duncan and Jennifer Prahl.
  • Third Place: 21003 - The Dakota Wars of 1862. Student: Madelyn Hinkelman from Summit High School. Teacher: Nathan Bloom.

Junior Individual Exhibit

  • First Place: 15006 - Who Owns The Black Hills. Student: Mollie Kruse from Ben Reifel Middle School. Teacher: Danyelle Cleveland.
  • Second Place: 15007 - The Big Round Up: The Debate and Diplomacy of Livestock Branding. Student: Kordell Bruha from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Jewel Lyons.

Senior Individual Exhibit

  • First Place: 25007 - Remember Don't Repeat. Student: Alli Causey from Rapid City Christian School. Teachers: William Duncan, Jennifer Prahl, and Sue Larson.
  • Second Place: 25005 - Debate to Freedom : 444 Days. Student: Kylee Gress from Harding County High School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.
  • Third Place: 25004 - The "Scopes" of Science. Student: Faith Stoddard from Rapid City Christian School. Teacher: Jennifer Prahl.

Junior Individual Performance

  • First Place: 13001 - The success, failures, and their consequences through debate and diplomacy the boy, the general, and the president... Ulysses S. Grant. Student: Adeline Lyons from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.

Senior Individual Performance

  • First Place: 23001 - Melba Pattillo Beals. Student: Jalyssa Miller from Rapid City Christian School. Teachers: Jennifer Prahl and Sue Larson.

Junior Individual Website

  • First Place: 17002 - Nat Turner Slave Revolt. Student: Anna Bergan from Patrick Henry Middle School. Teacher: Gretchen Doyle.
  • Second Place: 17003 - The Darlan Deal and its Effect on Unconditional Surrender in WWII. Student: Alex Kidangathazhe from George S. Mickelson Middle School. Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg.
  • Third Place: 17006 - 19th Amendment: Votes for Women. Student: Roean Raymer from Florence Middle School. Teacher: Joel Eisenbraun.

Senior Individual Website

  • First Place: 27003 - The Rwanda Genocide: Failures of the UN. Student: Meridian Hailu from Hailu Family Homeschool.

Junior Paper

  • First Place: 10006 - The September Massacres. Student: Callaway Weeks from Patrick Henry Middle School. Teacher: Erica Bell.
  • Second Place: 10001 - Emperor Hirohito’s Debate and Diplomacy in World War II. Student: Lena Alhasnawi from Patrick Henry Middle School. Teacher: Erica Bell.
  • Third Place: 10004 - It Started With Old North Bridge. Student: Brayden Padden from Harding County Middle School. Teacher: Jewel Lyons.

Senior Paper

  • First Place: 20003 - Diplomacy Talks in Dakota Territory. Student: Hudson Selfridge from Rapid City Christian School. Teachers: William Duncan, Jennifer Prahl, and Sue Larson.
  • Second Place: 20001 - The Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868: Indian Tribes Tarnished, Society Broken. Student: Sanjeev Shyam from Roosevelt High School. Teacher: Marta Benson.
  • Third Place: 20002 - A Trial of Women's Rights: Susan B. Anthony's Fight for Equality. Student: Sami Stanley from Roosevelt High School. Teacher: Marta Benson.

Special Award Winners

  • American Indian History: 15006 - Who Owns The Black Hills. Student: Mollie Kruse from Ben Reifel Middle School. Teacher: Danyelle Cleveland.
  • Junior Best Research Paper: 10006 - The September Massacres. Student: Callaway Weeks from Patrick Henry Middle School. Teacher: Erica Bell.
  • Junior Innovation in Science: 18001 - Star Wars: Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative. Students: Brady Wheeler, Christopher Tao, Nadia Schneider, and Naomi Jespersen. Teacher: Erica Bell.
  • Junior Legal History: 17006 - 19th Amendment: Votes for Women. Student: Roean Raymer from Florence Middle School. Teacher: Joel Eisenbraun.
  • Junior Military History: 17003 - The Darlan Deal and its Effect on Unconditional Surrender in WWII. Student: Alex Kidangathazhe from George S. Mickelson Middle School. Teacher: Sarah Stoltenberg.
  • Junior Rural Life/Agricultural History: 10003 - Texas Cattle Drives: The Downsides. Student: Riley Glines from McIntosh Jr. High. Teacher: Sandra Simonds.
  • Junior South Dakota History (State and Local Emphasis): 10002 - Native American Day versus Columbus Day: South Dakota Takes the Lead. Student: Elizabeth Meyer from Waverly-South Shore Middle School. Teacher: Austin Olson.
  • Oral or British History: 21002 - William Wilberforce: The Debate to Abolish the Slave Trade. Student: William Engmann from Rapid City Christian School. Teacher: William Duncan.
  • Senior Best Research Paper: 20003 - Diplomacy Talks in Dakota Territory. Student: Hudson Selfridge from Rapid City Christian School. Teacher: William Duncan.
  • Senior Innovation in Science: 22001 - NASA: Diplomacy Amongst the Stars. Students: Alex Vonderau, Jerred Zeigler, and Sam Fischer from Rapid City Christian School. Teacher: Jennifer Prahl.
  • Senior Military History: 26004 - The Diplomacy that resolved the Barbary Pirates Conflict. Students: Gage Gilbert, Keegan Hett, and Kelby Hett from Harding County High School. Teacher: Tonja Montgomery Hansen.