NEXT GENERATION ANGELS AWARDS: PREVIOUS WINNERS

2020 Winning Films

Due to the pandemic, The Better Angels Society moved from sponsoring in-person events to a virtual program that honored and promoted the student winners’ exceptional history documentaries while using the move to a virtual space to reach an even larger audience than ever before. The 2020 Next Generation Angels Awards included a virtual film festival, The Second Annual Student History Film Festival, reaching thousands of teachers and homeschooled students who participated from their schools via a nationwide live-streamed event. Additional programming included a copyright presentation ceremony where the students received official copyrights from the Library of Congress, as well as exclusive mentorship sessions with Ken Burns and filmmakers who were honored with the Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.

The 2020 winners were also featured on PBS’s website, where they received a special message of praise from Ken.

MIDDLE SCHOOL DIVISION

FIRST PLACE
Allison Reed, Kansas
All the World Loves a Baby: Breaking the Two Pound Barrier
SECOND PLACE
Rishit Shaquib, Florida
Harvey Wiley: The Man Who Changed America One Bite at a Time
THIRD PLACE
Caroline Bruton, Virginia
Penicillin: Breaking Bacterial Barriers

HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION

FIRST PLACE
Summer Royal, Hawaii
The Tereshkova Effect: The Role of Propaganda in Breaking Barriers
As the first place senior division winner, Summer Royal received the Anne Harrington Award, named for the late longtime friend and colleague of Ken Burns.
SECOND PLACE
Sophia Alleman, Ohio
FDR and REA: Bringing Light and Power to Rural America
THIRD PLACE
Giuliana Alleva, Pennsylvania
"Don't Buy Where You Can't Work": Leon Sullivan's Fight Against Job Discrimination

2019 Winning Films

Through the support of The Better Angels Society, the 2019 Next Generation Angels Award winners and their chaperones received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC where the Library of Congress education team programmed a series of enrichments. Winners visited the Library of Congress’ National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, where films are preserved and stored for posterity, and had their films screened before a student audience at American Film Institute Theater’s first annual Student History Film Festival. The trip culminated in the The Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film dinner, where the winners were honored for excellence in history filmmaking by Ken Burns and Librarian Carla Hayden.

The 2019 winners were also featured on PBS’s website, where they received a special message of praise from Ken.

SEE THE 2020 Next Generation Angels Awards WINNERS