High school students presented their research papers in front of peers in panels organized by themes ranging from “Invoking Social Capital Across Continents” to “The Role of Propaganda in History.” Faculty Commentators from PSU’s History Department presided over each session, providing feedback and leading the discussion that followed the presentations.
Chosen as the winning paper was “Seeds of Destruction: Factors Triggering the Watts Riots," by Max Heninger from Lakeridge High School. The paper demonstrates advanced level writing and historical research skill, well beyond expectations for high school seniors. Click here to read Max’s paper.
The Young Historians Conference is a powerful and authentic experience for young history scholars in our high schools, celebrating their scholarship and providing a professional forum for dialog and feedback.