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2021 Virtual Florida History Day Contest Winners

May 10, 2021 – This year’s Florida History Day (FHD) contest went virtual to accommodate the ever-changing conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sponsored by the Museum of Florida History, FHD is an annual, statewide activity that enhances the teaching and learning of history at middle and high school. Florida joins 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and international schools in East and South Asia as an affiliate of National History Day® (NHD). NHD promotes history in the classroom by offering students the resources and support to do original research about people, ideas, and events of the past. The curriculum supports the project-based learning approach.

Please join us in congratulating the following student winners from Sarasota County:


Junior Historical Paper

Sara Blake, 1st Place
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Key to Understanding the Cruelty of Slavery
Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Jennifer Jaso


Junior Individual Documentary

Ella Collier, 3rd Place
Communicating Through Protest: Opposing the Vietnam War
Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Jennifer Jaso


Junior Individual Performance

Siena Cook, 2nd Place
Christine de Pizan: Communicating Feminism during the Middle Ages
Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Jennifer Jaso


Junior Individual Website

  • JR, 1st Place
    The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus: Communicating Through Advertising
    Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
    Teacher: Jennifer Jaso
  • Wyatt Wrigley, 2nd Place
    Navajo Code Talkers
    Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
    Teacher: Karla Sams


Junior Group Website

Danielle Kruk, Olivia Vafeas, 1st Place
Understanding 9/11 Airspace Communication Failures: The Key to Strengthening Our Nation’s Air Security
Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Jennifer Jaso


Outstanding County Award for Sarasota

Sara Blake
Uncle Tom’s Cabin: The Key to Understanding the Cruelty of Slavery (JHP)

Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Jennifer Jaso


World War II Heritage Award (Sponsored by: Florida State University’s Institute for World War II and the Human Experience)

Gillian Osterhoudt
Nazi Book Burnings and Destruction of Communication (JHP)
Sarasota Middle School (Sarasota)
Teacher: Jennifer Jaso


** All projects placing 1st or 2nd place in their category are eligible to compete in the National History Day Contest.  3rd place projects will serve as alternates at the national contest. Click here to learn more about Florida History Day.