Several local students who attend Applewild School in Fitchburg received recognition at the National History Day west and central regional finals which were held on March 1 at Quabbin High School in Barre. All 8th graders at Applewild School participate, creating projects in a variety of group and individual formats including websites, documentaries, exhibits, and performances. The theme of this year’s competition was Rights and Responsibilities in History. The projects must meet specific rules and guidelines and must be accompanied by a process paper and a thorough annotated bibliography.
83% of Applewild 8th graders earned recognition for their work this year. First place awards went to:
Luviana McLean of Fitchburg for her exhibit on The Famine that Scarred Ireland: Whose Responsibility?
Isabelle Ream and Ayla Dinda, both of Fitchburg, for their exhibit on The Fight for Women’s Rights.
Madison Lessard of Townsend for her performance of Singing to the Nation: The Rights of Marian Anderson as a Musician and a Person.
Aidan Zinck for his documentary on The Roma Porajmos: A People Without Rights. His project was also recognized by the Worcester Art Museum for understanding the role of art in history.
Grace Lyons of Sterling and Emily Agreda of Fitchburg for their documentary on Henrietta Lacks: A Story of Medical Revolution, Rights and Responsibilities. This project also received recognition by the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum for its connection to medical history.
Daniel Sullivan of Groton for his website on The 1972 Olympics: The Darkest Day in Olympic History.
Anthony Mitchell of Fitchburg and Jack Horsman of Groton for their website on the Cuban Missile Crisis: Conflicting Rights and Responsibilities.
Second place awards went to:
Lauren Lassila of Hollis for her exhibit on Beginning the Women’s Labor Movement: The Responsibilities of Supporting the War Effort.
Brett Chapdelaine of Hollis and Miles Barker of Groton for their exhibit on Bushido: The Code of the Samurai.
Lily Tammik of Ashby for her documentary on The Rights and Responsibilities of Hitler and the Jews.
Jamie Aciukewicz of Harvard and Neil Swain of Groton for their group documentary on the Geneva Conventions relating to the Treatment of Enemies: A Useless Concept?
Jacob Brewster of Groton for his website on The Second Amendment: The Right and Responsibility to Bear Arms.
James Harkins of Pepperell and Jack Consolo of Leominster for their website on The Rights and Responsibilities of Slaves and Citizens in Ancient Rome.
Third place awards went to:
Sam Sutherland of Fitchburg and James Walton of Princeton for their group exhibit on Medieval Classes and their Rights and Responsibilities.
James Trieu of Leominster, Michael Nowd of Fitchburg and Benjamin Niose of Lunenburg for their website on Curt Flood: Case for Free Agency. This project also won a prize from the Worcester Sharks for connecting to the history of sports.
Receiving an award from the Spellman Postal Museum for incorporation of historical materials related to written correspondence was Jackson Johnson of Concord.
All first and second place winners move on to the state level competition on April 5 at Stoneham High School.