Applewild Eighth Graders Have Strong Showing at Regional History Day Competition

15 Mar

An annual tradition for all Applewild eighth graders, this year’s students competed in the Regional Massachusetts History Day competition hosted at the Quabbin Regional Middle/High School in Barre earlier this month. With 76% of Applewild’s entrants recognized with awards, Applewild students continue their impressive outcomes at this event. Seven Applewild students earned first place, five earned second place, and three earned third place awards. Fifteen students will now go on to represent Applewild at the state competition on April 7th at Winchester High School. Three more students received Honorable Mention, and four additional students received special awards from The Clara Barton Museum, The Massachusetts Historical Society and Old Sturbridge Village.

Applewild Social Studies Department Chair and 8th Grade History teacher, Todd Goodwin, stated “Applewild had a splendid day at Regional History Day.  Our students have been researching their chosen topics since the fall and produced a number of fascinating projects in a variety of formats.”

The theme for this year’s competition is “Conflict and Compromise in History” and some of the students’ topics included: The Missouri Compromise: How Compromise led to Civil War (paper format); Nelson Mandela and the Fight for Equality (website format); The Rescue of Denmark’s Jews (individual exhibit format); and The Berlin Wall: Times of Disaster and Distress (group documentary format). In addition to current Applewild students, placing in the Senior Division were two Applewild alumni, who are currently juniors at Littleton High School and Worcester Academy.

About Applewild School: Applewild School is a coeducational, independent day school for grades preschool through eight.  Applewild offers a formative, individualized, and innovative education, a Summer Program, transportation, and an innovative tuition model.

About Massachusetts History Day: Massachusetts History Day is an affiliate of National History Day. More than 6,000 students in grades 6-12 participate in contests across the Commonwealth each year. Eighteen extraordinary projects are then selected to represent Massachusetts at the National Contest held at the University of Maryland. For more information visit:

8th Graders - History Day 2018