COVID-19 Updates: The Wisconsin Historical Society hours have changed. See a full list of COVID-19 Closures and Events HERE.

Wisconsin Historical Society

2020 State Contest Information

  • Contest information for the State contest, including accessibility, schedule, and project submission.

 

Contest Information

The Wisconsin Historical Society is taking steps to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to our program participants and staff. The State Contest scheduled for April 18 is being rescheduled and is switching to a virtual format. More information will be shared with participants and volunteers soon. 

Where:
The State Contest scheduled for April 18 has been rescheduled and is switching to a virtual format.

Tentative State Competition Schedule:


April 13th -
Upload instructions for Documentary, Performance, and Exhibit sent to students

April 20th (11:59 pm)- Deadline for all projects

April 27th - Projects are sent to judging teams through email

April 30th - Deadline for judges to send back evaluated projects

May 1-5 - Final Round judging takes place

May 6 - Results are announced/published 

Instructions for converting projects for the State competition:

Converting a Documentary

Converting an Exhibit

Converting a Performance

Paper and Website Information

Make sure you check your links to your Annotated Bibliography and Process Paper.

Instructions for submitting projects to the State competition:

State Contest Submission Instructions

Special Award Information: 
Deadline to Apply: April 20 (11:59 pm)
If you qualified for the State Contest, you have the option to apply for special awards! Click the link below for a list of awards, qualifications and how to apply. 

Special Awards 2020

Instructions for Judges

Online Judging Instructions

Final Round Announcements

All final round finalists will be announced at 1:00pm.

Exhibit Final Rounds 

Junior Individual Exhibit
Final Round Finalist: Empress Wu Zetian: An Example of Female Power Which Remains Significant Today - Lilli B.
Final Round Finalist: Might of the Night - Addison H.
Final Round Finalist: The Greensboro Sit-Ins: Segregation is No More - Jade G.
Final Round Finalist: Breaking Barriers Since 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Taylor B.
Final Round Finalist: The Walleye War and Barriers to Sovereignty Rights - Luke H.
Final Round Finalist: Beyond Baseball: How Jackie Robinson Broke Business and Political Barriers - Jordan M.

Junior Group Exhibit
Final Round Finalist: Climbing to Glory: The Legacy of the 10th Mountain Division - Francesca, Isabel
Final Round Finalist: Nellie Bly: Breaking Barriers in Treatment for the Insane - Lieske, Alyssa
Final Round Finalist: Jacqueline Cochran - Maya, Morgan
Final Round Finalist: The Secert in the Sauce; The Poison Squad Breaking Down Chemicals While Breaking Down Industry Barriers  - Ella, Katelyn

Senior Individual Exhibit
Final Round Finalist: The Truth About Sojourner - Lily W.
Final Round Finalist: Influential Aviators - Amelia R.
Final Round Finalist: Silos: Foraging Forth in Farming - Cayden K.
Final Round Finalist: Hull House: A place for everyone - Madelyne D.
Final Round Finalist: Boldly Going Where No Woman Has Gone Before: The Nichelle Nichols Story - Layla C.
Final Round Finalist: Mothers of Nursing - Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole - Maya A.

Senior Group Exhibit
Final Round Finalist: Ada Deer "Righting Historic Wrongs" - Theresa, Carolyn
Final Round Finalist: Cray Supercomputers - Breaking Barriers - Benjamin, Samuel, Colin
Final Round Finalist: Revolution of Empowerment - Sofia, Jackson
Final Round Finalist: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - Alexandra, Emma

Documentary Final Rounds

Junior Individual Documentary
Final Round Finalist: Deinstitutionalizing America: The Journey From Asylums to the Streets - Rachel Y.
Final Round Finalist: Apple's Macintosh: Breaking Computer Barriers One, "Byte" at a Time - Laura S.
Final Round Finalist: The Locks and Dams of the Upper Mississippi River: Bringing Prosperity and Problems - Brianna G.
Final Round Finalist: The Freedom Riders: Successfully Breaking the Racial Barrier and Impacting African American Civil Rights - Jorden U.
Final Round Finalist: ARPANET: The Beginning of the Information Revolution - Jackson D.
Final Round Finalist: Alice Paul: A Vote for Women's Equality - Krin B.

Junior Group Documentary
Final Round Finalist: Miranda v. Arizona 1966 - Cadence, Gracie
Final Round Finalist: Lise Meitner: Breaker of Barriers and Mother of Nuclear Fission - Sophia, Sylvia, Katelyn
Final Round Finalist: Nellie Bly: Breaking Barriers in Publication - Faith, Allison, Madelyn
Final Round Finalist: The Tuskegee Airmen: Breaking a Racial Aviation Barrier in the U.S. Military -  Joseph, Evan

Senior Individual Documentary
Final Round Finalist: Hazel Scott: The Unsung Champion of Civil Rights - Ellie L.
Final Round Finalist: WASP: Fighting to Fly - Julia G.
Final Round Finalist: The Manhattan Project: The Innovative and Horrific Program that broke both Scientific and Ethical Barriers - Grace S.
Final Round Finalist: Here and N.O.W.: The Lavender Menace Action - Kaia S.

Senior Group Documentary
Final Round Finalist: The History of Gay Segregation - Edestein, Annabelle, Kayla, Jasmine
Final Round Finalist: Texas Western: Breaking Barriers One Basket at a Time - Henry, Nathaniel, Kale
Final Round Finalist: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Nina Simone and the Civil Rights Movement - Elliot, Kendall
Final Round Finalist: Loving vs. Virginia: The Right to Love - Ellie, Ethan

Performance Final Rounds

Junior Individual Performance
Final Round Finalist: Jane Addams: Breaking Social Barriers With Hull House - Hayden B.
Final Round Finalist: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor - Sandy B.
Final Round Finalist: Really? Pants? The complex story of Women, Work, and Clothing during World War II. - Eve L.
Final Round Finalist: Lorraine Hansberry Breaking the Barriers of Racism and Sexism - Emma M.
Final Round Finalist: Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Breaking Barriers for Equality - Leeza L.
Final Round Finalist: An Influential American Suffragist: Alice Paul - Emma H.

Junior Group Performance
Final Round Finalist: Underestimating Women in Journalism: How Nellie Bly Cracked a Gender Barrier By Pioneering Investigative Journalism - Sadie, Elizabeth
Final Round Finalist: The Federalist Papers; Ratifying the Constitution - John, Erika, Mason
Final Round Finalist: Lorraine Hansberry: Persevering Through Prejudice - Maya, Arleth, Isabel
Final Round Finalist: The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Breaking Barriers Between East and West - McKenzie, Ella

Senior Individual Performance
Final Round Finalist: The First Lady of the World - Lauren T.
Final Round Finalist: Walt Disney: The Driving Force of Animation Innovation - Sophia J.
Final Round Finalist: Mary Shelley: Breaking Barriers in Literature - Lydia S.
Final Round Finalist: James J Hill: The Empire Builder - Charles D.

Senior Group Performance
Final Round Finalist: No final round required

Website Final Rounds

Junior Individual Website
Final Round Finalist: Women Fight for Flight - Genevieve S.
Final Round Finalist: The Stonewall Riots - Reese G.
Final Round Finalist: Executive Order 9981: Desegregating the Armed Services - Srikar M.
Final Round Finalist: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: Breaking through the Gender Barrier - Paige S.
Final Round Finalist: The Jump That Empowered The World - Brooklyn K.
Final Round Finalist: Mae Jemison’s Dedication to Space: Breaking Barriers in Space Exploration - Autumn B.

Junior Group Website
Final Round Finalist: Navajo Code Talkers: Making and Breaking Barriers - Greta, Madison
Final Round Finalist: K.V. Switzer: Breaking Barriers Through Femininity and Feminism - Tallyn, Azara
Final Round Finalist: Kathrine Switzer: First Documented Female Runner in the Boston Marathon - Megan, Meredith
Final Round Finalist: First Hmong Female Nurse Choua Thao: Opening New Doors for Hmong Females - Pazong, Ting Ting
Final Round Finalist: History's Courageous Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman and Her Lawsuit for Freedom - Cassidy, Jayden
Final Round Finalist: Dr. Jonas Salk: Breaking Barriers Through Polio - Nya, Brooklyn

Senior Individual Website
Final Round Finalist: You Are Not Forgotten: Vietnam War Wives Breaking Boundaries to Advocate for POWs - Grace Z.
Final Round Finalist: Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act - Holly C.
Final Round Finalist: Breaking Barriers, Smashing Code: Life & Legacy of Elizebeth Smith Friedman - Mara G.
Final Round Finalist: The Orphan Train: Breaking the Barrier of Orphan Care - Meghan H.

Senior Group Website
Final Round Finalist: Mamie Till: Breaking the Barrier of Violence - Molly, Lauren
Final Round Finalist: Elizabeth Blackwell: Breaking Medicine's Glass Ceiling - Kendel, Gavin, Kennedy, Nathan
Final Round Finalist: Thomas Paine: Sparking a Revolution - Logan, Elizabeth, Justin, Jacob
Final Round Finalist: Billy Clubs and Barricades on Bascom Hill at UW Madison: How the Dow Riot’s Vietnam War Protesters Overcame Fear and Redefined Patriotism - Aidan, Simon

Paper Final Rounds

Junior Paper
Final Round Finalist: Temple Grandin: Breaking Barriers in the Cattle Industry - Kaetryn O.
Final Round Finalist: Roberto Clemente: Breaking Barriers for Latinos in Major League Baseball and Beyond - Jeana KB.
Final Round Finalist: U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark: Barred From His Homeland, One Chinese American’s Fight for Birthright Citizenship - August N.
Final Round Finalist: Emmeline Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words - Adalade M.
Final Round Finalist: Justice Thurgood Marshall - Breaking Barriers - Aharon S.
Final Round Finalist: Cordelia Harvey: Breaking Women’s Nursing Rights in the Civil War - Makenna K.

Senior Paper
Final Round Finalist: Becoming Centaurs of the Spirit: The Horse and the Comanche Trade Empire - Stephen K.
Final Round Finalist: Benazir Bhutto - Lauryn W.
Final Round Finalist: Nummi - Breaking Trade and Cultural Barriers in the Automotive World - Pope K.
Final Round Finalist: Clara Barton: The Nation's Prime Precedent of Calm in the Center of the Battlefield - Daniela M.

Results

Exhibit National Finalists


Junior Individual Exhibit
National Finalist: The Walleye War and Barriers to Sovereignty Rights - Luke H.
National Finalist: Breaking Barriers Since 1933, Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Taylor B.
1st Alternate: Empress Wu Zetian: An Example of Female Power Which Remains Significant Today - Lilli B.  
2nd Alternate: Beyond Baseball: How Jackie Robinson Broke Business and Political Barriers - Jordan M.
Junior Group Exhibit
National Finalist:  Jacqueline Cochran - Maya, Morgan
National Finalist:  The Secert in the Sauce; The Poison Squad Breaking Down Chemicals While Breaking Down Industry Barriers  - Ella, Katelyn
1st Alternate: Nellie Bly: Breaking Barriers in Treatment for the Insane - Lieske, Alyssa
2nd Alternate:  Climbing to Glory: The Legacy of the 10th Mountain Division - Francesca, Isabel
Senior Individual Exhibit
National Finalist: Boldly Going Where No Woman Has Gone Before: The Nichelle Nichols Story - Layla C.
National Finalist: Mothers of Nursing - Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole - Maya A.
1st Alternate: The Truth About Sojourner - Lily W.
2nd Alternate:  Hull House: A place for everyone - Madelyn D.
Senior Group Exhibit
National Finalist: Ada Deer "Righting Historic Wrongs" - Theresa, Carolyn
National Finalist: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League - Alexandra, Emma
1st Alternate: Revolution of Empowerment - Sofia, Jackson
2nd Alternate: Cray Supercomputers - Breaking Barriers - Benjamin, Samuel, Colin

Documentary National Finalists


Junior Individual Documentary
National Finalist:  Deinstitutionalizing America: The Journey From Asylums to the Streets - Rachel Y.
National Finalist: ARPANET: The Beginning of the Information Revolution - Jackson D.
1st Alternate:  Alice Paul: A Vote for Women's Equality - Krin B.
2nd Alternate:  The Freedom Riders: Successfully Breaking the Racial Barrier and Impacting African American Civil Rights - Jorden U.
Junior Group Documentary
National Finalist: Lise Meitner: Breaker of Barriers and Mother of Nuclear Fission - Sophia, Sylvia, Katelyn
National Finalist: Nellie Bly: Breaking Barriers in Publication - Faith, Allison, Madelyn
1st Alternate: Miranda v. Arizona 1966 - Cadence, Gracie
2nd Alternate: The Tuskegee Airmen: Breaking a Racial Aviation Barrier in the U.S. Military -  Joseph, Evan
Senior Individual Documentary
National Finalist:  Hazel Scott: The Unsung Champion of Civil Rights - Ellie L.
National Finalist:  WASP: Fighting to Fly - Julia G.
1st Alternate:  Here and N.O.W.: The Lavender Menace Action - Kaia S.
2nd Alternate: The Manhattan Project: The Innovative and Horrific Program that broke both Scientific and Ethical Barriers - Grace S.
Senior Group Documentary
National Finalist: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black: Nina Simone and the Civil Rights Movement - Elliot, Kendall
National Finalist: Texas Western: Breaking Barriers One Basket at a Time - Henry, Nathaniel, Kale
1st Alternate: Loving vs. Virginia: The Right to Love - Ellie, Ethan
2nd Alternate: The History of Gay Segregation - Edestein, Annabelle, Kayla, Jasmine

Performance National Finalists


Junior Individual Performance
National Finalist:  Really? Pants? The complex story of Women, Work, and Clothing during World War II - Eve L.
National Finalist:  Justice Sandra Day O'Connor - Sandy B.
1st Alternate:  Jane Addams: Breaking Social Barriers With Hull House - Hayden B.
2nd Alternate: Lorraine Hansberry Breaking the Barriers of Racism and Sexism - Emma M.
Junior Group Performance
National Finalist:  Lorraine Hansberry: Persevering Through Prejudice - Arleth, Maya, Isabel
National Finalist: Underestimating Women in Journalism: How Nellie Bly Cracked a Gender Barrier By Pioneering Investigative Journalism - Sadie, Elizabeth
1st Alternate: The Federalist Papers; Ratifying the Constitution - Erika, John, Mason
2nd Alternate: The Fall of the Berlin Wall: Breaking Barriers Between East and West - Ella, McKenzie
Senior Individual Performance
National Finalist:  The First Lady of the World - Lauren T.
National Finalist:  Walt Disney: The Driving Force of Animation - Sophia J.
1st Alternate:  James J Hill: The Empire Builder - Charles D.
2nd Alternate:  Mary Shelley: Breaking Barriers in Literature - Lydia S.
Senior Group Performance
National Finalist:Deaf President Now Movement Breaks Lingual And Social Barriers For The Deaf Community - Zack, Tara, Bridgett, Andre, Kinsey
National Finalist:  Industrial revolution - Chance, Leo

Website National Finalists


Junior Individual Website
National Finalist: Women Fight for Flight - Genevieve S.
National Finalist:  Executive Order 9981: Desegregating the Armed Services - Srikar M.
1st Alternate: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: Breaking through the Gender Barrier - Paige S.
2nd Alternate: The Jump That Empowered The World - Brooklyn K.
Junior Group Website
National Finalist: K.V. Switzer: Breaking Barriers Through Femininity and Feminism - Azara, Tallyn
National Finalist: Navajo Code Talkers: Making and Breaking Barriers - Greta, Madison
1st Alternate:  First Hmong Female Nurse Choua Thao: Opening New Doors for Hmong Females - Ting Ting, Pazong
2nd Alternate: Kathrine Switzer: First Documented Female Runner in the Boston Marathon - Meredith, Megan
Senior Individual Website
National Finalist:  You Are Not Forgotten: Vietnam War Wives Breaking Boundaries to Advocate for POWs - Grace Z.
National Finalist: Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act - Holly C.
1st Alternate:  The Orphan Train: Breaking the Barrier of Orphan Care - Meghan S.
2nd Alternate: Breaking Barriers, Smashing Code: Life & Legacy of Elizebeth Smith Friedman - Mara G.
Senior Group Website
National Finalist: Elizabeth Blackwell: Breaking Medicine's Glass Ceiling - Nathan, Kennedy, Gavin, Kendall
National Finalist: Billy Clubs and Barricades on Bascom Hill at UW Madison: How the Dow Riot’s Vietnam War Protesters Overcame Fear and Redefined Patriotism - Aiden, Simon
1st Alternate:  Thomas Paine: Sparking a Revolution - Justin, Jacob, Elizabeth, Logan
2nd Alternate: Mamie Till: Breaking the Barrier of Violence - Lauren, Molly

Paper National Finalists


Junior Paper
National Finalist: U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark: Barred From His Homeland, One Chinese American’s Fight for Birthright Citizenship - August N.
National Finalist: Justice Thurgood Marshall - Breaking Barriers - Aharon S.
1st Alternate:  Roberto Clemente: Breaking Barriers for Latinos in Major League Baseball and Beyond - Jeana KB.
2nd Alternate:  Emmeline Pankhurst: Deeds Not Words - Adalade M.
Senior Paper
National Finalist:  Becoming Centaurs of the Spirit: The Horse and the Comanche Trade Empire - Stephen K.
National Finalist:  Nummi - Breaking Trade and Cultural Barriers in the Automotive World - Pope K.
1st Alternate:  Benazir Bhutto - Lauren W.
2nd Alternate: Clara Barton: The Nation's Prime Precedent of Calm in the Center of the Battlefield - Daniella M.

Special Awards

Chronicling America Award
Alice Paul: A Vote for Women's Equality - Krin B.
David Fairchild: Breaking Barriers for Plant Introduction - Alan K.

The Outstanding Archival Research Award
Jane Addams: Breaking Social Barriers With Hull House - Hayden B.
The Alaskan Highway: One Step Down the Road to Civil Rights - Lorna S.

Equality in History Award
A March Before the Rainbow: How Christopher Street Liberation Day Broke Societal Barriers in the Mentality Surrounding the LGBT Community - Charlotte C.
The Truth About Sojourner - Lily W.

Early American History Award
Elizabeth Freeman: A Woman that will Never be ForgottenNicole R.

Environmental History Award
John Muir: Breaking Barriers In U.S Conservation and Nature Preservation - Andrue D.
The National Impact of WISconservation - Abby, Natalie

Wisconsin History Award
Father James Groppi: March on MilwaukeeLindsey, Joshua
Medical Prodigy: How Cordelia Harvey Broke Medical and Influential Barriers in History - Bailey W.

Women in History Award
Helen Keller: Breaking Through Darkness - Zoey K.
Here and N.O.W.: The Lavender Menace Action - Kaia S.

Local History Award
The Locks and Dams on the Upper Mississippi River - Brianna G.
Into the American Century: How the First Infantry Division Broke International Barriers During The First World War - Ethan S.

Geography Award
N.C. Foster The Barrier Breaker - Amalia D.
James J Hill The Empire Builder - Charles D.

Civil Rights Award
The San Francisco 504 Sit In: A Breakthrough in the Disability Movement - Elianna, Madeline
Loving vs. Virginia: The Right to Love - Ellie, Ethan

American Labor History Award
The Eight-Hour Movement: Breaking Barriers Between Employer and Employee - Lily S.
Breaking the Barrier of Child Labor: Lewis Hine’s Photography - Lilliana J.