Mountainside students win at Regional National History Day contest

Two groups of eighth grade students from Mountainside Middle School earned first place awards at the Regional National History Day contest in Chandler Feb. 16 and winners had the option to move on to state and national competitions.

Emily Baker (Submitted photo)

Emily Baker wrote a paper titled “The Suffragettes and Political Persecution: How Suffragettes fought in the Face of Hardship.” Ms. Baker choose this topic because she “believes that as a woman it is important to know where my rights came from and who fought for them,” according to a press release.

She was unable to attend the state competition and therefore her paper was not able to advance to the next level. Still, she said she will use this experience to prepare for future contests.

Kate Farrell, Emma Hollanti, Brooke Jones and Elaina Kovalsky worked as a collaborative group and created a documentary titled “San Francisco Earthquake.” The group attended the state competition at Arizona State University in March and their documentary won second place in the state.

The top two entries in every category at the state/affiliate level are invited to the National Contest June 9-13 at the University of Maryland, College Park. If the girls make the trip, they will be competing against and interacting with almost 3,000 other history students.

Kate Farrell, Emma Hollanti, Brooke Jones and Elaina Kovalsky (Submitted photo)

The 2018-19 NHD theme was Triumph and Tragedy in History, a release states.

According to the NHD website, each year more than half a million students participate in the contest. Students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme and then conduct primary and secondary research.

They explore libraries, archives and museums, conduct oral history interviews, and visit historic sites. After they analyze and interpret all sources, students then draw conclusions about the significance of the topic and present their findings.

Students have the option of presenting their research in one of the following formats: as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website. In addition to category awards, there are scholarships, outstanding affiliate entry awards and special prizes.

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