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Young Historians Conference

2014 First place winner Stephanie Lippincott with instructor and Young Historians Founder, Dr. Karen Hoppes

2014 Honorary Mention Sophia Cantwell with Instructor Matthew Vannelli and Young Historians Coordinator Dr. John Ott


25th Annual Young Historians Conference
April 28, 2015

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2015 Young Historians Conference Program

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Previous Winners of the Karen E. Hoppes Young Historians Award for Outstanding Research and Writing


Stephanie Lippincott, Lakeridge High School. "Riveting Rosie's Riveting Struggles: Women Shipyard Workers in WWII" The women workers of WWII are generally portrayed as strong, happy, independent women sporting colorful bandanas and cocky grins, yet this manicured Rosie-the-Riveter image is a far cry from capturing the experiences of the average woman laborer on the home front. An examination of the Kaiser shipyards in Portland and Vancouver makes it evident that women workers faced a plethora of obstacles and stressors in the workplace, only to find themselves booted back into the position of housewife at the end of the war.

Sophia Cantwell, St. Mary's Academy. " The Power of the People in Influencing the British Government: The Kindertransport" The Kindertransport was a program implemented by Britain throughout Europe during World War II to save thousands of persecuted Jewish children. While the British Parliament ultimately passed the movement as a bill and allowed it, the credit and work behind the movement belongs to the Quakers and various Jewish figures of authority in Britain. This paper explores the birth of this movement, its successes and struggles, and its lasting impact on the world today. Without the determination of a few willing people, thousands of lives would have perished during World War II.


Lydia Bales, St. Mary's Academy. "A Beacon of Hope in the Darkness: the Danish Resistance"

Following the German invasion of Denmark in 1940, the Danish people presented a unified political and social resistance movement in order to defend those persecuted by the Nazi regime. Although occupied by Germany, Denmark became exempt from many of the extreme policies practiced in most other Nazi-controlled countries. A closer examination of these circumstances reveals how this exemption status, as well as support from the Danish Church, and king allowed for the accomplishment of something seemingly impossible; leading ninety five percent of the Danish Jewish population to safety.


Avery Fischer, Lakeridge High School. "Painting the Enemy in Motion: Film From Both Sides of the Pacific War"

How we see our enemy is essential to understating the policies and decisions made during Wartime. How one paints the enemy is the most important part to understanding why certain choices were made. During WWII, America and Japan were enemies – how did they paint each other? And more importantly, how did they show it to their people? This paper focuses on film during WWII, from Japan and America to answer these essential questions.

Sonja Breda, St. Mary’s Academy. "The Paradox of the Castrato"

Baroque opera cannot be studied without acknowledging the castrated male singers, or castrati, who drew wild critical acclaim throughout the 17th and 18th centuries in Italy. Even the most impoverished Italians were known to forego their daily bread to witness the arias of the castrati. But what made these singers so incredibly popular? This paper argues that the popularity of the castrato in 18th century Italy was due to the castrato’s uniquely paradoxical nature, viewed by the public both as sexual and spiritual. While the prominence of the castrato highlighted a desire for the unusual, the eventual extinction of the castrato reflects a return to naturalism with the end of the Baroque period.


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