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GHS Students Win Awards for CT National History Day Competition, Five Students Advance to Nationals
GHS Students Win Awards for CT National History Day Competition,  Five Students Advance to Nationals

Greenwich High School will have five students competing on the National level for the National History Day competition after competing in and winning several prizes in the Virtual CT History Day state competition.

Ms. Courtney Hawes, Innovation Lab Program Associate, praised all of the students for their academic excellence and perseverance. She shared, "It is a testament to their determination and commitment under these unprecedented conditions."

According to Connecticut History Day, "Connecticut History Day is a program for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. Students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about their topic's significance in history, and create final projects that demonstrate their work. These projects can be entered into a series of competitions, from the local to the national level, where professional historians and educators evaluate them. Connecticut History Day is one of 58 affiliate programs of the highly regarded National History Day program. This year's theme is Breaking Barriers in History."

Moving on to the National competition in June are the following students from Greenwich High School:

Category: Exhibit

Group Exhibit: "Ignorance ≠ Advancement: How Scientific Breakthrough During the AIDS Crisis Cured America's Prejudice" by Innovation Lab sophomores Richa Vaid and Carolina Ferrer

Individual Exhibit: "HeLa Cells: Breaking Barriers in History" by Junior We The People student Danielle Spitz.

Category: Group Performance

"Women's Rights in Nigeria School" by Bryn Kummell (Honors American History Sophomore) and Sophie Chaves (We The People Junior)

In addition, several GHS students were honored with Special Awards to recognize their work in the spirit of the National History Day competition:

Outstanding Entry in World History – Senior Prize

Sponsored by the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies

Individual Performance: "Marie Curie's Legacy of Broken Barriers" by Innovation Lab Junior Veronica Paez-Deggeller

Outstanding Entry Related to Breaking Barriers in Connecticut History

Archives & Special Collections - University of Connecticut Libraries

Group Documentary: "Breaking Barriers: The Women of Yale" by AP U.S. History students Sophie Jaeger and Veda Swaminathan

About the Greenwich High School Innovation Lab:

Innovation Lab has sent students to the NHD National Competition every year. InLab is a rigorous, interdisciplinary, school-within-a-school model at Greenwich High School. This progressive and personalized model is designed and implemented by a dedicated team of GHS educators who are leveraging innovative teaching methods, project-based and blended learning strategies, and leading-edge technology applications, all within the larger infrastructure of GHS.

Innovation Lab is devoted to fostering creativity, curiosity, and purpose within an interdisciplinary and academically rigorous, college preparatory curriculum. Teachers blend core disciplines to create STEM and Humanities in a project-based approach. Students develop the skills and content knowledge they require by connecting to questions and topics of interest. With guidance, they discover their passions and impact the community at large. Students in ninth, tenth and eleventh grades are eligible to join the program. Research and development of GHS Innovation Lab is supported by a generous grant from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.

About the Greenwich High School Advanced Placement United States History Course:

Advanced Placement United States History is the equivalent of a college course in a high school setting. Consequently, the texts, readings and pacing simulate that of a college class. We utilize lecture, Socratic seminar, and inquiry-based research to examine and learn American history from its inception to the present day. Students read and evaluate primary sources daily in order to develop their own writing and analysis skills as a student of history. Students taking the course also take the corresponding Advanced Placement exam in May with the opportunity to earn college credit for their enrollment in this class.

About the We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution program:

We The People is a section of Advanced Placement United States Government and Advanced Placement Comparative Politics rostered to compete in the We The People Simulated Congressional Hearing Competition, conducted each year by the Center for Civic Education. The program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation's upper elementary and secondary students. The We the People curriculum is an innovative course of instruction on the history and principles of the United States constitutional democratic republic. The program enjoys active support from state bar associations and foundations, and other educational, professional, business, and community organizations across the nation. Since its inception in 1987, more than 30 million students and 75,000 educators have participated in the We the People program. This year, the team from Greenwich High School coached by Aaron Hull represented Connecticut as a Wild Card for the virtual National Championship Challenge held on April 25-26.

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