Brady Vander Vorst wins USMC honor in National History Day contest
After months of intensive research and success at regional and state-level competitions, Brady VanderVorst, a sophomore at Herreid High School, presented his individual documentary project, “The Huey Helicopter in Vietnam: Lifeline For The Soldier,” at the annual National History Day competition held at the University of Maryland College Park Campus in the Washington, D.C., area June 10-14.
At the awards ceremony on June 14, Brady was awarded the United States Marine Corps History Special Award by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, one of 20 special awards given at the national event. These awards are given above and beyond the regular award winners in each History Day category.
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting the study of Marine Corps history and traditions, sponsors the United States Marine Corps History Award. This prize is awarded to an outstanding entry in any category in either the junior or senior division that demonstrates an appreciation of Marine Corps history. Brady received a medallion and a $2,000 cash prize for his entry.
Ms. Cathy Gorn, Ph.D., Executive Director of National History Day, sent the following congratulatory letter to Brady:
“Congratulations on winning the United States Marine Corps History Award. More than 600,000 students nationwide participated in History Day this year. That the judges chose your project to receive a prize testifies to your hard work, exemplary research, and outstanding creativity. You should be very proud of yourself. I am sure that your family, school, and community share my pride in your accomplishment.”
Upon receiving his award, Brady stated, “I am very honored at being picked as the recipient of the special award being given by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation. My great-great-grandfather was a WW I Veteran, my great-grandfather was a WW II Veteran and my grandfather is a veteran of the Vietnam War. All of my past National History Day projects have also been about military history. I try to do my best to honor the men and women who have served our country.”
Brady will be a junior this fall at Herreid High School and is the son of Lance and Kaye VanderVorst of Herreid. His grandparents are Tom and Janice Tschritter of Linton, and Ken and Georgia VanderVorst of Pollock.