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National History Day Contest Finalists Announced

On Friday, Jan. 27 Academy at the Lakes Honors History students in Grades 9 and 10 participated in a National History Day (NHD) competition in the McCormick Campus Gym.

According to the National History Day website, The National History Day Contest: “encourages more than half a million students around the world to conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. Students enter these projects at local and affiliate levels, with top students advancing to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.”

Finalists who will move on to the Pasco County District level competition were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 31, during morning meeting.

Individual Documentary

9th Grader Dion Loutas “The Life of Arthur Ashe”

Group Documentary

9th Graders Nataley Riggs & Jessica Hill “Charles Loring Brace: Taking A Stand for Children”

Individual Website

 9th Grader Elijah Freedman “Eco-Peace: A Path Towards Peace and Environmental Protection in the Middle East”

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Group Website 

9th Graders Lauren Reinhart & Graesyn Thilmony “Pagentry & Protest”

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Historical Paper

10th Grader Carly Powell “Eliza Schuyler Hamilton”

Individual Exhibit Board

9th Grader Katie Erin McCormick “The Poor People’s Campaign ”

Group Exhibit Board

9th Graders Amber Nadeau & Isabella Lyons “Dian Fossey: Saving the Gorillas”

The time and effort students put forth in our the National History Day school competition this year went above and beyond the History Department’s expectations.

“It was extremely difficult to pick winners for each category to go on to districts as our students definitely stepped up the level of research conducted, their preparation for interviews, and overall presentation skills,” Mrs. Kelly Rodowsky, Upper Division History Faculty & NHD School Coordinator said. “We are proud of what our Honors level history students produced and it is abundantly clear that our students have not only improved their historical research skills but also gained an understanding and appreciation for history.”

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