NCSD Students Shine at Wyoming State History Day!

Natrona County School District is excited to celebrate students Rylie Alberts, Olivia Hammel, and Jingtong Zhao for their extraordinary high academic achievement as part of Wyoming State History Day. 

Rylie Alberts was awarded first place for her individual website entry "Women's Rights Communicated Through a Law: Title IX." She will be representing Wyoming at the National History Day Competition. 

Special Awards winners are from the Wyoming State History Day include: 

  • Olivia Hammel won the International History Awards Sponsored by the Global Engagement Office for best entry dealing with international issues, "An Iranian Hostage Crisis Communicated Through Protest." (image below)

  • Jingtong Zhao won the Finis and Emma Mitchell Environmental History Award with the documentary entry titled "Rachel Carson's book."

With the support of their exceptional teachers, Natrona County School District students have been participating in History Day for over 25 years. Each year, a different theme inspires students to create and engage in historical research. This year's theme was "Communication in History." Each year, student participants collaborate with their teacher on a year-long project. Through extensive research, students sharpen and employ their critical thinking skills as they develop their work in the form of papers, websites, exhibits, performances, or documentaries. 

"National History Day (NHD) is a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for teachers and students to engage in historical research. NHD is not a predetermined, by-the-book program but rather an innovative curriculum framework in which students learn history by selecting topics of interest and launching into year-long research projects. The mission of NHD is to improve the teaching and learning of history in middle and high school." (

Special thank you to the NCSD Athletics and Activities Department, who works throughout the year to provide fun and exciting extracurricular opportunities, such as History Day, to students and families in our community.

Congratulations, students, on this incredible achievement!