– 2023 NHD Philly Student Participant

NHD Philly makes a lasting impact.

See what former students have said about their experience with this program.

Meet Emma O’Neill-Dietel
J.R. Masterman High School

National History Day set me on a path that I am still following today. I participated in NHD as a sophomore at J.R. Masterman, winning first place for an individual exhibit at NHD Philly and third place at NHD PA. I returned to mentor younger students over the next two years. After graduating from Masterman, I attended Smith College. There, I followed my passion for history that NHD had ignited. I built on what I had learned through NHD about archives and exhibits by working in Smith’s historic clothing archive. I also interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and the Library Company of Philadelphia. I was honored to return to NHD as the NHD Philly Education Fellow in 2021. I will graduate from Smith in May 2022 with degrees in World Literatures and Spanish and a concentration in Archives Studies. I am pursuing a career in museums and archives because NHD showed me that history is not just something in a textbook. It is tangible, vibrant, and essential to our future.

Meet LJ Brubaker
JR Masterman High School

Hi! My name is LJ Brubaker (they/them) and I have participated in NHD as a local and state-level judge for several years and once as a student at JR Masterman High School. I currently work as a science communicator for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, so I spend a lot of time thinking and talking about what happens in deep space. I am also pursuing studies in urban ecology, and I am deeply interested in urban pollinator ecology and insect biodiversity in cities like Philadelphia. My favorite part about judging at NHD is getting to hear students share their excitement about their topics and research-never stop learning!

Meet Raymond Yuan
Constitution High School

Over the years, I’ve continued to volunteer and contribute to NHD Philly annually using my professional and academic experience and participate in the Communications Committee when available. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree in Marketing from Drexel University, LeBow College of Business in 2018, and am entering my 4th full year at FAIMER (Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research), A Member of Intealth.

As the Technical Associate, Digital Developer and Database Administrator and other roles at FAIMER, I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime to work with many organizations (including The World Health Organization), thought leaders, and highly esteemed health professionals globally to support FAIMER’s mission. Although my role is mostly in the realms of MIS and digital media among a myriad of responsibilities, I often reminisce about spending hours and hours a day editing my documentary and manipulating the timeline and audio when I’ve worked on media for marketing and promotional purposes.

National History Day Philadelphia has brought on lifelong connections, many great friends, and helped kickstart an interesting career journey.

Meet Waynett Wallace
Constitution High School

My name is Waynett Wallace, and I am a NHD Alumni. I was a freshman at Constitution High School when I started my NHD project. The theme at the time was leadership and legacy. I chose Ida B. Wells because she was a pioneer in her era. My peers and I performed a group performance on her journaling denouncing lynchings. We progressed to the national competitions and won the Carter G. Woodson award. It was an amazing experience to walk on the stage and receive my medal. After winning, I made a note to myself to keep achieving my dream. Last year, I had the honor of announcing the winners for National History Day. The nostalgia of having the opportunity to speak at this event was heartwarming. It was a great experience to speak for the program that provided a platform for me to showcase my talent. Currently, I am enrolled at Rosemont College as BA Applied Psychology major. I look forward to owning a non-profit therapy counseling center. Providing essential care is a humble pleasure of mine. I enjoy talking with people and seeing them grow. Also, I work at the National Constitution Center as an Educational Experience Representative. I have facilitated seminars, visited schools lecturing the effectiveness of civil dialogue, and joined panel discussions addressing systemic changes. I am forever grateful for National History Day, and I will continue cheering for future NHD alumni.

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