The State History Day competition was held on May 4-6, 2018 at William Jessup University in Rocklin.  Monterey County students had their best showing in several years with 11 entries (created by 23 students from 4 schools) receiving Finalist Awards.  Below are the overall standings from State. 

State Champion, Finalist

Sam Schaeffer:  Junior Individual Documentary - Rioting for Reform

Runner Up, Finalist

Tyler Imamura: Junior Historical Paper - 442nd Regimental Combat Team

Honorable Mention, Finalist

Will Hand: Junior Individual Website - The Norwegian Resistance WII


Gabriella Flanders, Tara Smith: Senior Group Performance
From Gorgeous Girls to Glowing Ghosts: The Radium Girls, Compromising Worker Safety in the Name of Profit

Kaci Gu:  Senior Historical Paper
From Polarization to Coalition: Monterey Park, the First Suburban Chinatown

Marielle Mabaet, Jadyn Blackmon, Yael Diaz: Junior Group Documentary
The Black Power Salute of the 1968 Olympics

Geno Cardenas, Irvin Jauregui: Junior Group Documentary
The Bracero Program: Road to America

Alex Gianola-Cook: Junior Individual Documentary
The Second United Front

James Moreau: Junior Individual Website
Chemical Warfare in World War I

Jennifer Zavala, Dayanni Santiago, Irene Argueta: Junior Group Exhibit
Diego Rivera: Man of the Crossroads

Zoe Appel, Celeste McGuire, Mia Dostal, Nadine Al Nimri: Junior Group Performance
How the Poison Squad affected the FDA and Today's Society

Jade Bare, Dylan Mann, Baylee Zorn, Mohamed Hamed, Camden Forbes: Junior Group Exhibit
The Aftermath of Agent Orange

Special Awards

Longevity Award (for participating in History Day for 6 or more years)
Gabriella Flanders & Tara Smith
From Gorgeous Girls to Glowing Ghosts: The Radium Girls, Compromising Worker Safety in the Name of Profit

Japanese American National Museum Award
Tyler Imamura - 442nd Regimental Combat Team

European History Award
Will Hand - The Norwegian Resistance WII

Special thanks to Lyceum Board Member Lucille Standifer for her ongoing support of History Day and representation of the Lyceum and Monterey County at the State Competition, as well as History Day instructors Forbes Keaton, Matt Garcia, Caitlin Aleru, Sally Burns, Teri Flanders, and Andrew Oster who all had student's competing at the State Competition. 

Congratulations to the winners of our 28th Annual History Day

senior group performance

County Winners:

Gabriella Flanders
Tara Smith

SENIOR Historical paper

County Winner:

Kaci Gu

senior group website

Honorable Mention:

Emilee Gu, Catharine Li, Tony Chen, Anthony Miguel, & Xitali Zuniga-Gross

Junior Individual Websites

County Winners:

Will Hand
Parker Lynch
James Moreau

Honorable Mention:

Eliot Myers


Mya Asante-Opoku

Junior Individual Documentaries

County Winners:

Alex Gianola-Cook
Tyler Giannini
Sam Schaeffer

Honorable Mention:

Zaki Ibessaine

Junior Historical Papers

County Winners:

Tyler Imamura
Vincent Camacho

Honorable Mention

Jack Page

Junior Individual Exhibits

County Winners:

Gabriel Creamer
Katrina Chapa
Ismat Khllak


Kamal Khllak
Fernando Ortega Pinedo

Junior Group Documentaries

County Winners:

Marielle Mabaet, Jadyn Blackmon, & Yael Diaz
Booker Catlin, Quetzali Bautista, Mary Dorio, & Dasha Kovalev
Geno Cardenas & Irvin Jauregui

Junior individual performance

County Winners:

Ruby Pelton

Junior Group Performance

County Winners:

Zoe Appel, Celeste McGuire, Mia Dostal, & Nadine Al Nimri
Teddy Peters, Sarah Hussein, Jena Nguyen, Yaritza Villegas, & Adam Kunz

Honorable Mention:

Bryan Gutierrez & Carlos Jiminez

Junior Group Exhibits

County Winners:

Jennifer Zavala, Dayanni Santiago, & Irene Argueta
Jade Bare, Dylan Mann, Baylee Zorn, Mohamed Hamed, & Camden Forbes
Anton Radko, Isabel Seva'aetasi, James Dodson, Alex Holder, Rio Lauer

Honorable Mention:

Piper Cote, Stephanie Quinonez, Kriselle Galiguis, Chantal Geronimo, & Imani Banks


Danica Dancel Carlos & Cassandra Chapa
Abigail Natalia Vences, Isabel Purganan, Joseph Dunn, Jesus Silva, & Edwin Cruz Martinez

Elementary individual Poster

County Winner:

Katarina Creamer

Special Thanks to our Special Awards Donors:

The Monterey Bay Aquarium
The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America
Pac Rep Theater
Sally Burns

MONTEREY COUNTY'S 28TH ANNUAL HISTORY DAY 2018 THEME: conflict and compromise in history.
March 10, 2018

What is History Day?

History Day is a statewide program sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation in conjunction with National History Day.  It is open to students from grades 4 through 12 (student's school must be enrolled).  History Day is an exciting enrichment program that furthers students understanding of historical issues, ideas, people and events.  It is an academic adventure that provides teachers with an innovative teaching tool that fosters students' enthusiasm for learning.  Students will develop invaluable research and analytical skills emphasized in Common Core as they progress through their projects and define the significance of their topics.  This event will quickly become a tradition for the students, teachers, schools and parents.

Students can compete in the following categories:    
Paper, exhibit, performance, documentary, website, or 4/5th grade poster. 

What happens to the participants that win? 

The Monterey County History Day program is part of a statewide competition that involves over 35,000 students each year. The winning projects of the Monterey County Competition will compete at the California State Finals.  The winners of the state competition will represent California at the National Competition.  


Participating students and teachers spend months brainstorming, researching, writing, editing, designing, and preparing for the History Day Competition.  But it cannot be a successful event without volunteers.  Judging the History Day Competition is a great way to get involved in this event and provide students feedback on the project they have spent so much time and energy creating.  The Lyceum offers judge orientations in instructed by experienced judges to provide all the information you will need to continue the excellence of this tradition.  If you are interested in volunteering as a judge please contact This year, the Judge Orientation will be soon scheduled the third week in February, 2018. Two orientations are held - one in Monterey and one in Salinas.  New judges are required to attend one of these orientations. 

List of Online Resources and Connections:

Our special thanks to the following sponsors for their generous support and contributions to the event.: 

  • The Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
  • Chapman Foundation
  • Harden Foundation
  • Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
  • AT&T Pebble Beach Foundation