SPHS History Day LA Winners | SPUSD Snapshot

Every one of SPHS' entries placed in the contest against more than 200 students from 27 high schools.

PHOTO: SPHS | South Pasadenan.com News | SPHS students with Social Sciences teacher Oliver Valcorza (right) at the History Day Los Angeles event.


After months of researching, writing, preparing and practicing, SPHS students competed in the History Day Los Angeles County Championships at San Gabriel High School on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Every one of SPHS’ entries placed in the contest against more than 200 students from 27 high schools. The theme of the competition this year was Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.

Under the direction of Social Science teacher Oliver Valcorza, SPHS has competed in History Day LA for three years, and each year, SPHS students have advanced to the state contest for National History Day. These victories are a testament to the students’ and teacher’s hard work and dedication.

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Congratulations to the following:
1st Place in Group Website
Shayle Yoon and Sydney Lagarce — Idealism and Reality: How the Outcome of the Paris Peace Conference Altered Global Diplomacy

2nd Place in Historical Research Paper
Jayden Tran — Virtues of Vietnam: The Contentions Over the Containment of Communism

Runner-up in Individual Documentary
Liam Wright — Diplomacy Denied: Redefining the Atomic Bomb’s Role in Ending World War II

Honorable Mention in Individual Website
Isabella Angulo — Notions of Nativism: Analyzing Two Centuries of Nativist Policies in America

Honorable Mention in Historical Research Paper
Caroline Haines — An Orange Agent of Devastation: The Diplomacy of Chemical Warfare in Vietnam

For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent, scarroll@spusd.net.