Congratulations to all students who participated in National History Day, but special congratulations to National History Day Connecticut students!
Connecticut’s top student historians participated in the prestigious National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in College Park from June 15 to June 18. Seventy-six Connecticut students competed with more than 2,900 students from across the country. Several Connecticut students received special recognition.
Annabel Barry, Quinn Barry, Isabelle Altherr, Maxwell Chung, and Shannon Madden won First Place in Senior Group Performance for their project A Terrible Beauty is Born: The Leadership of James Connolly and Patrick Pearse and the Controversial Legacy of the Easter Rising. The national champions are students at Pequot Home School in Southport.
Sam Porcello won Third Place in Senior Individual Exhibit for his project Pope’s Not So Ordinary Legacy: Paving the Way for America’s Mobility. Sam is a student at Conard High School in West Hartford.
The Outstanding Connecticut Entry Award in the Senior Division was awarded to Swati Rath, Smrithi Raman, Sahiti Alavala for their Senior Group Website, World Wide Webster, a project about Noah Webster. They are students at Farmington High School. Jack Higgins from Thomas Edison Middle School in Meriden won Outstanding Connecticut Entry in the Junior Division for his Individual Documentary, The Quiet Leadership of Major Karl Plagge.
Emma Cook of Southington, a student from Classical Magnet School in Hartford, was selected for a Salute to Courage Award. She and a chaperone will be attending the opening of the Road to Tokyo exhibition at the World War II Museum in New Orleans later this year.