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Applewild Students Earn Regional History Day Distinctions

18 Mar

An 8th grade culminating project at Applewild is the 8th grade entries in the regional competition for the National History Day contest. All 8th grade students participate in the National History Day competition. For the past five months, while also participating in athletics, playing in the Band, singing, preparing for the Eleanor Crow Public Speaking Contest and participating in the winter play, our students have researched, prepared, and presented on this year’s National History Day theme, Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History. 

At Applewild, all 8th graders create National History Day projects. The class began their research in October and presented projects in a variety of formats including research papers, performances, group and individual websites, documentaries and exhibits. The projects are entered in the Central MA District Competition in early March. From there, the first and second place winners in each category moves on to the Massachusetts State Competition in April and from there to the National History Day Competition in June. Historically, Applewild students have excelled in the regional competition, with this year as no exception. All members of Applewild’s 8th grade class were awarded a 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finish or received a special award in recognition for a facet of their research.

We participate in the History Day competition each year as the focus and skills required connect so well with Applewild’s curriculum, Core Values and Core Competencies. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, research and reading skills, oral and written communication and presentation skills, self-esteem and confidence, and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process are valued and nurtured everyday at Applewild.

Recognitions included:
Max Strong  who won first place for his paper on The Louisiana Purchase.

Neha Agarwal and Daphne Wong  won first place for their performance on Journalism during the Holocaust.

John Lessard, David Yu, and Dylan Liu won first place for their group website on the Boston Tea Party. They also received recognition from the American Antiquarian Society for excellence on a topic before 1876.

Alex Zornada, Nasih Thomas and a classmate won second place for their group website on Moctezuma, the Aztec and their Encounter with the Spanish.

Elianna Rodriguez won second place with her individual website on Central American Immigration.

Ned O’Hearn won third place with his individual website on the Apollo program.

Natasha Ussrey  and Olivia Ray earned an Honorable Mention and recognition by the Worcester Bravehearts for research on Sports in History with their website on Title IX and Women’s Rights.

Erin Connor and Gary Huang were recognized by the Willard Clock Museum for excellent use of time lines on their exhibits.

Emily O’Donnell and Amaia Ince  were recognized by The Hanover Theater for examining the history of drama and performance in their exhibit on Martha Graham.

Continuing Applewild’s strong tradition in History, two Applewild School alumni were also recognized for their work. Applewild Alumnus Wesley Cline (’15)  won first place for senior documentaries and recognition by the Worcester Art Museum for his documentary on the Battle of Gettysburg.

Alumna Madison Lessard (’14)  won third place with her paper on the Christian Melting Pot.

All first, second and third place winners qualified for the State History Day competition in Bedford in April.



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