Extracted from full news release
2009 Pennsylvania Heritage, Senior Division winner:
The senior division winner was Veri Seo from the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School in Philadelphia, for her paper, “Freedom Does Not Come Free: The Escape and Legacy of Oney Judge.”(PDF, 100 KB)
About the national competition
Each year in May, hundreds of secondary school students from all over Pennsylvania gather to compete at the state level in an intensive competition and celebration of history during National History Day in Pennsylvania. First and second place junior (grades 6–8) and senior (grades 9–12) division state winners in each of eight separate categories advance to the National History Day national competition, most recently scheduled June 14–18, 2009, at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. From among thousands of Pennsylvania students in individual school and regional contests — some who spent months in research and preparation — fifty-two of the Commonwealth’s students advanced in 2009 for a chance to win national awards.
National winners in each category and division receive $1,000 for gold medalist, or first place, $500 for silver medalist, or second place, and $250 for bronze. In addition, the History Channel, owned by the A&E Television Networks and one of the prime NHD sponsors, awards four separate $5,000 awards to senior gold medalists in categories for individual documentary, group documentary, historic site theme entry, and international theme entry. During the past five years, 2004–2008, Pennsylvania produced three gold, four silver, and five bronze national winners. Results of the most recent competition can be found on the Web at: nhd.org/ContestMedalists.htm.