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Westport Students Honored In State's National History Day Competition

Some of the students who were honored at the State's National History Day competition, which was held recently at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.
Some of the students who were honored at the State's National History Day competition, which was held recently at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Photo Credit: Connecticut History Day website

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Nine students from Westport won awards at the State's National History Day competition, which was held recently at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

The students will go on to take part in the national competition, which will be held at the University of Maryland in June.

Here are the award winners from Westport:

  • Senior Division, Individual Documentary: First Place for "Immigration Policy 1960s" by Matthew Gibson of Staples High School
  • Senior Division, Individual Documentary: Second Place for "Langston Hughes" by Peri Kessler of Staples High School
  • Senior Division, Individual Performance: Second Place for "Alexander the Great: Relentless, Formidable, and Influential Conqueror of the Ancient World" by James Gikas of Staples High School
  • Senior Division, Group Performance: Third Place for "Street Art" by Sarah Sherts, Bianca Lotti and Monique Ostbye of Staples High School
  • Senior Division, Individual Exhibit: Second Place for "Operation Ajax: 1953 Iranian Coup" by Juliana Beal of Staples High School
  • Outstanding Entry Related to Civics, Government or Citizenship awarded by Connecticut Public Affairs Network and Connecticut’s Old State House: Senior Division, Senior Group Website to Hannah Rosemme and Gabriela Vega of Staples High School  for "The Exchanges, Encounters, and Explorations of Brown v. Board"

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 57 affiliate programs of the highly regarded National History Day program.

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