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Students Showcase Exhibits for National History Day Competition

On Wednesday, January 22, our students filled the Performance Gym to showcase their projects for National History Day, a nationwide competition for high school and middle students. They were tasked with constructing entries in one of five categories: Documentary, Exhibit, Paper, Performance, or Website. Qualifying students move on to compete in a series of regional contests with top entries advancing to state/affiliate contests. The top two entries in each category and division are invited to compete at the National Contest. This year's theme is Breaking Barriers in History.

"I had done the project in high school, and Mr. Zehyoue and I had our elective courses complete the project last year," said Mr. Sam Manelski. "I thought as the school moves towards a more experiential learning approach, this would be a great project to take the place of our traditional midterm exams."

All students in Sophomore AP US History, Freshman Honors World History, and Mr. Zehyoue’s Civil Rights elective completed the project. There were over 80 entries this year as students started planning in September and completed different steps of the project through the first and second quarter. On Wednesday, faculty judges volunteered to assess student work and helped pick the category winners. The top three winners in each category will attend the district level competition in March.

2020 National History Day


Alex Honnold: Breaking Barries Beyond the Mountains
Joseph Balto & Patrick Eskildsen

The Manhattan Project 
Colin Verrett & Tony Liberatore

Black Representation in Hollywood
Derek Lightner, Bryce Young, & Kaire Umoja


The ENIAC and the UNIVAC: Ushering in the Technological Age
Zachary Hopp & Matthew Welling

End to the Poison: Rachel Carson and Silent Spring
Miguel Chiapetta & Thomas Lala

54th Massachusetts 
Mitchell Adkins & Ethan Rohd


“The Golden Age: Turning into Television” 
Adarsh Gadepalli & Josh Zachariah

“Desegregation of Schools in Baltimore”
Ryan Clancy & Matthew Sullivan

“Planes and Jets: Breaking the Sound Barrier” 
Evan Altemus & Andrew Hill 


Phyllis Schafly
Jake Taylor

These groups will not move on to the district level, but should be honored for the following:

Military History
Breaking the Barrier of American Isolationism: The Rise of Pax Americana
Jack Keating & Alex Schuman

Sports History
Jesse Owens
Christopher Connor & Matthew Cooper

Women's History
Amelia Earhart
G Stavlas & David Welsh

Science & Technology
We Choose to Go to the Moon
William Brandenburg & Joseph Welsko

Civil Rights History
A Nonviolent Approach to Indian Freedom
Nicholas Jacob, John Koebel, & Jack Kepner

National History Day is a non-profit organization based in College Park, Maryland, that operates an annual project-based contest for students in grades 6-12. It has affiliates in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, South Korea, China, South Asia, and Central America.
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