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EAHS students claim top prizes at National History Day competition

Apr 6th, 2016 | By | Category: Features, Lead Article

April 6, 2016- Students from the Elizabethtown School District recently took part in the National History Day (NHD) regional competition at Manheim Township School District. High school juniors Aparna Paul and Katy Shank both took home awards in the highly regarded academic program. Paul placed first in the senior individual research paper and Shank placed second in the senior individual exhibit. Also taking part in the program was seventh grader Daisy Dalessandri.

Established in 1974 on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, the National History Day program is for middle school and high school students. Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide, participate in NHD contests in all fifty states as well as overseas in Guam, American Samoa, and Department of Defense (DOD) schools around the world.

Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews, and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances, and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. The contest also operates each year under a broad historical theme to help students focus their research and project ideas. The contest theme for 2016 was “Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange in History”

Paul’s project was a discussion of pioneering American female journalist Nellie Bly. Shank’s project dealt with Vietnam War correspondent Morley Safer and his controversial report on the American incident at Cam Ne. Dalessandri’s project dealt with Italian archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli and his work on the “re-discovery” of the lost Roman city of Pompeii

Both Paul and Shank will represent NHD Region 9 (Lancaster, York, Lebanon, and Berks Counties) at the Pennsylvania National History Day competition May 10-11 at Millersville University. Winners at this competition have the opportunity to move on to the National NHD Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park in June.

Photo caption: Pictured (L-R) Katy Shank, Aparna Paul, and Daisy Dalessandri

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