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GHS Students Dominate State Competition for National History Day
GHS Students Dominate State Competition for National History Day

On Saturday, April 28, seventeen Greenwich High School (GHS) students competed at the state level National History Day (NHD) contest after qualifying in the regional competition last month. Ten GHS Innovation Lab (InLab) students have now qualified to participate in the national competition at the University of Maryland in June. In addition, InLab teachers, as a team, have been selected as the Connecticut nominee(s) for the NHD Harris History Teacher of the Year Award.

Heading to Nationals

GHS students heading to the Maryland NHD competition in June include:

First Place in Senior Group Performance:
Katherine Hurst, Flora Dievenich Braes, Nicole Wood, and Sofia Dodaro, will return to nationals for an unprecedented third year, this time, to showcase their performance on "Barbara McClintock: Jumping Over Conflict and Creating Compromise to Expand the Knowledge of the Genome"

Second Place in Senior Group Performance:
Jody Bell, Sophie Anderlind, and Nina Hirai
"Society's Compromise is a Whole New Crime: The Rape of Recy Taylor"

First Place in Senior Group Exhibit:
Sydney Harris and Sophia Fernandez
"Greenwich Women Face the Great War"

Second Place in Senior Individual Performance:
Emma Olmsted
"The Pentagon Papers: An Inner Conflict, An External Compromise in American Values"

Three additional GHS teams qualified in the regionals and competed at the State level:

We The People students, Bennett Hawley, Jacqueline Cochran, Renata Malyshev, and Gabriel Quiroga presented their interactive exhibit: "The Weight of History: A Systematic Approach to Analyzing Public Opinion of Historical Figures".

InLab 10th grader, Liam Brinton shared his original documentary: "The Space Race: How Conflict on Earth Composed the Dominion of SPACE".

InLab 10th graders, Ariana Ceppi and Gracie McCooe, performed an original play titled, "The Questions We Didn't Ask, The Stories They Didn't Tell: How Equality and Identity Were Compromised Under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

The 2018 National Contest will be held June 10-14, 2018 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Each year nearly 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park for the week-long event. These enthusiastic groups come from all fifty United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia.

Harris History Teacher of the Year Nominees

Innovation Lab teachers, Ms. Courtney Hawes, Ms. Christina Shaw, and Mr. Michael Belanger, have been selected as the State nominee(s) for the NHD Harris History Teacher of the Year Award by the Connecticut Public Affairs Network, administrator of the NHD in CT.

The award is presented to teachers who "demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through innovative use of primary resources, implementation of active learning strategies to foster historical thinking skills, and participation in the National History Day Contest. "

About National History Day

Since 1974, NHD has continuously improved history education by providing professional development opportunities and curriculum materials for educators. The largest NHD program is the National History Day Contest that encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at the local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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