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Fairfield 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

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A number of students from Fairfield 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 Fairfield:

  • Junior Division, Individual Website: Third Place for "Gandhi: Exploring Non-Violence" by Sneha Sunder from Unquowa School in Fairfield.
  • Junior Division, Individual Documentary: Third Place for "Ironclads in the Civil War" by Matteo Andres from Fairfield Woods Middle School
  • Junior Division, Group Performance: Second Place for "From a Silly Little Game to a New American Pastime: The Evolution of Fantasy Sports" by Hunter Vogel, Noah Giglietti, Justin Krebs and Alex Jaber from Fairfield Woods Middle School
  • Junior Division, Individual Exhibit: Third Place for "John Burgoyne: a General’s Journey" by Eric Young from Tomlinson Middle School in Fairfield
  • Junior Division, Junior Paper: Second Place: "The Manhattan Project" by Jasmine Conley from Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield
  • Outstanding Entry in Women’s History awarded by The Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Junior Division, Junior Group Performance, by Rose Luczaj, Caroline Coccaro, Colleen Cooke and Rose Linkasam from Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield for "Marie Curie"
  • Outstanding Entry Related to a Connecticut Woman awarded by The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Junior Group Exhibit, to Hayden Mattus, Morgan Cutler and Devanney Widmer from Fairfield Woods Middle School for "Margaret Fogarty Rudkin"
  • Outstanding Entry Related to World War I awarded by The Connecticut World War I Centennial Commission, Junior Individual Website, to Logan Neishloss of Fairfield Woods Middle School for "Deadly Exchange: World War I"
  • Outstanding Entry Related to Slavery or Abolition awarded by The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition: Senior Division, Senior Group Performance, by Quinn Barry, Shannon Madden, Claire Langdon, Maddie Langdon and Elena Gonzalez from Pequot Home School in Fairfield for "Red Rubber: King Leopold's Reign of Terror in the Congo Free State"

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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