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2020 Mayflower Awards Winners

Mayflower Outstanding Student Award

Junior Division

Fisher Abrams

Tristán de Luna y Arellano: Breaking Barriers in the New World

Deerlake Middle School (Leon)

Teacher: Amice Fletcher


Senior Division

Samantha Pruitt

Defying Gender Roles in the Name of Patriotism: The Story of Deborah Sampson Gannett

Auburndale High School (Polk)

Teacher: Aaron Bellwood

Mayflower Outstanding Teacher Award

Stacy Lehrman, Coral Glades High School (Broward)

Stacy Lehrman holds a Masters of Education from Hofstra University. She has taught at Coral Glades High School since 2004. Her teaching philosophy encourages the study of multiple perspectives and open-ended lines of inquiry. Ms. Lehrman sponsors the National History Honor Society, the National Honor Society, and the Key Club, as well as coordinates a bi-monthly tutoring program and a monthly pop-up exhibit showcasing cultural achievements across nationalities. Using deep discussion techniques and primary sources within the classroom, Ms. Lehrman challenges her students to learn actively rather than passively, to be leaders in their own education.





As part of the 2019–20 Florida History Day program, the Florida Society of Mayflower Descendants is sponsoring two scholarships for students and an award to recognize an outstanding FHD educator. Recipients will be announced at the Florida History Day Awards Ceremony in Tallahassee in May 2020. Criteria for these prizes is presented below. For additional information about the Society, please go to

Mayflower Legacy Scholarships

A scholarship of $500 will be presented to a junior division and a senior division individual or group entry that represents scholarly and historically accurate research and fulfills the following criteria.

  • Scholarships are open to historical paper or documentary entries competing at the state contest.
  • Entries must follow National History Day Rule Book guidelines (p. 14–19, 20–22, 28–29).
  • The topic must adhere to the NHD annual theme.
  • The topic must relate to a person, event, or idea that lived or occurred in the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century in Western Europe or North America. It also must focus on the impact of that person, event, or idea on the development of the United States as a nation today with a unique heritage of liberty and law.
  • The deadline for applications is March 20, 2020.

Entries will be evaluated by a special judging team that includes Society members. A scholarship awarded to a group entry will be divided equally among the participating students. Applying for a Mayflower Legacy Scholarship does not prohibit a student(s) from nominating the paper or documentary for other Florida History Day special prizes.

To apply for a Mayflower Legacy Scholarship, send the Mayflower Legacy Scholarship application form (PDF File PDF, 195 KB) and four copies of the historical paper or four DVDs of the documentary to FHD Coordinator.

Mayflower Outstanding Teacher Award

To be eligible for the Mayflower Outstanding Teacher Award, an individual must be a Florida History Day participant with at least three years of experience. The recipient will receive a $250 prize, sponsored by the Florida Society of Mayflower Descendants and presented at the FHD state contest Awards Ceremony. Mayflower candidates may apply for other Florida History Day teacher prizes.

Interested educators must submit a Mayflower Teacher Award application form (PDF File PDF, 163 KB), a narrative (1–3 pages) that describes how they fulfill the eligibility criteria, a personal resume (1–2 pages), and three letters of support by individuals who can give examples of excellence in history teaching. The deadline for applications is March 20, 2020.

Evaluation criteria for the Mayflower Outstanding Teacher Award are presented below.

  • Development and use of creative teaching methods that interest students in history and help them to make exciting discoveries about the past.  Examples include:
    • active learning projects within and outside the classroom, such as mock debates between historical characters or oral history projects within the community;
    • innovative use of primary historical source material in the classroom
    • use of communication technology in history research and classroom learning;
    • practice of teaching methods that link history to students' broader interests-for example, through interdisciplinary approaches to history topics or the development of projects that link history to current events and debates; and
    • use of teaching methods that build a range of skills in students as they study history.
  • Exemplary commitment to helping students develop their interest in history and recognizing their achievements.  Examples include:
    • exemplary support and guidance for students working on history fair projects;
    • helping students showcase their history projects within the community and/or publish their material;
    • overall commitment to the intellectual development of individual students; and
    • encouragement of students to use their understanding of history to become engaged, informed citizens in their community and beyond.



Mail applications to:
Florida History Day Coordinator
Museum of Florida History
500 S. Bronough St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Deadline: March 20, 2020