The Prizes & Judges
See Your Documentary On The Big Screen
A total of five projects representing each of the Racing Presidents will be selected as winners. Winning students will:
- Receive a $1,000 scholarship for each project, to be equally shared among any team members.
- See their final video productions broadcast at Nationals Park. Additionally, tickets to the baseball game will be provided to the winning students and their teachers.
- Enjoy the honor of seeing their project showcased online on the White House Historical Association website.
- Participate in a special award reception at the White House Historical Association with their families, teachers, and principals.
Cathy Gorn is the executive director of National History Day and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Maryland at College Park. Dr. Gorn has made numerous presentations on history education at forums for historians and teachers, including the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians. She has served as editor of more than 25 history curriculum guides and has directed 15 national institutes for teachers of history and social studies. She serves on the White House Historical Association Board of Trustees, the Education Committee of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Education Committee of the American Bar Association.
Martha Joynt Kumar
Dr. Martha Joynt Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Towson University. As a scholar with a research focus on the White House, she is interested in presidential – press relations, White House communications operations, and presidential transitions. Her latest publication is Before the Oath: How George W. Bush and Barack Obama Managed a Transfer of Power. In addition to her scholarly work, Kumar is currently on the board of directors and the executive committee of the White House Historical Association, the board of the National Coalition for History, and serves as the representative to the National Archives for the American Political Science Association.
David Lundin is the Director of Production and Operations for the Washington Nationals. He has been overseeing all of the video and audio production for the Washington Nationals since 2007. He graduated from Towson University in 2004 with a degree in Electronic Media & Film and has also worked for the Baltimore Ravens, Ripken Baseball and Freedom Digital Media.
James I. McDaniel
James McDaniel enjoyed an illustrious 34-year career protecting America's natural and historical resources with the National Park Service. When he retired from federal service in 2002, he was Director of White House Liaison, overseeing the maintenance and historic preservation of the White House and President’s Park. He currently serves as Chairman of the White House Endowment Trust and Secretary of the White House Historical Association. He consults for Food For The Poor, a large international charity, and he volunteers as coordinator of Operation Starfish, the Haiti ministry at Church of the Nativity in Burke, Virginia.