At the Region 15 Board of Education meeting on Monday, September 23rd, six students were recognized for representing Region 15 in the National History Day Contest, held June, 2019, at the University of Maryland College Park.
Following a top two finish in their respective categories in the Connecticut History Day competition, the Region 15 students advanced to the National Competition:
Evelyn Kuo from Pomperaug High School in the category Senior Individual Website for her project titled, “Chinese Immigration to the U.S.: Prisoners in the Land of the Free.” Furthermore, Kuo was selected to represent Connecticut at the National Endowment for Humanities day on Capital Hill, in an opportunity to meet elected officials, discuss her National History Day project and to participate in special tours of Congress.
Cassie Reilly and Paige Moffat from Pomperaug High School for their Senior Group Exhibit titled, “The Ethics of Clinical Trials.”
Aliza Creel from Memorial Middle School for her Junior Individual Documentary titled, “Itzhak Perlman: Inspiring Ability.”
Isabella DeLeo and Julia Pellegrini from Memorial Middle School for their Junior Group Exhibit titled, “Sting of the WASP’s: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Women Pilots During World War II.”
Sharon Wlodarczyk, a special education paraprofessional at Pomperaug High School, has been the National History Day advisor for Region 15 for over sixteen years. “I am very proud of all our students for doing an outstanding job representing themselves and their school community well at this intense level of competition. Once again Region 15 students were recognized for their outstanding academic work, which each student completed outside of their regular class assignments. The judges were amazed at the level of research and work our students choose to do voluntarily, without receiving (academic) credits for,” said Wlodarczyk.
The National History Day program is for students in grades 6-12 that encourages exploration of local, state, national, and world history. To participate, students select a historical topic around the 2019 theme “Triumph and Tragedy” and conduct extensive research using libraries, archives, museums and oral history interviews. Research is presented in one of five ways: write a paper, do a theatrical performance, design a website, make a short documentary or create an exhibit.
Professional historians and educators evaluate the students’ final projects in a series of competitions at the regional, state (Connecticut History Day Contest), and national (National History Day Contest) levels in 15 categories and two divisions, Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior (Grades 9-12). The top three projects in each category at the regional level advance to Connecticut History Day and the top two projects at Connecticut History Day advance to the National History Day Contest.