National History Day has just concluded and I’m happy to share that two projects, which I coached, placed first in the nation! First, eighth grader Taylor Sakamoto won first place for her historical paper about four generations of Japanese American women in her family. Her great grandmother was a picture bride who arrived in California to be married.
The second first place finishers were Chelsea Gonzales and Kimi Ibello for their group documentary about Chiune Sugihara who was a Japanese diplomat stationed in Europe who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Their award included $5000 from the History Channel.
Here is a picture of the winners and the coaches (yours truly is on the far left).