Academy Students Advance to National History Day State Competition

On Saturday, March 4 the winners of Academy’s History Day school competition moved onto the 10th Annual Pasco County Schools District Final History Fair at Wiregrass Ranch High School.

Students from throughout the county earned the opportunity to present their projects relating to the theme “Taking a Stand in History,” in one of the following categories: Research Paper, Website, Exhibit Board, Performance, or Documentary.

Students displayed their projects and were interviewed by teams of judges. Many were asked, How did you come up with the idea for the project? What is your best source was and why? and Why is your project topic significant in history?

Students who placed 1st or 2nd in their respective category will advance to Florida History Day which will take place at Tallahasee Community College on Monday, May 8.

Students also have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and special award categories.

Three Academy students will be competing at the state level.

“Our students put in a great deal of time and effort to prepare for the county competition; they showed perseverance and a commitment to learning,” said Mrs. Kelly Rodowsky, Upper Division Instructor.

Students met during lunch to edit their projects and practiced possible interview questions. They were confident in the knowledge of their topic and performed very well in the interview portion.

Nataley Riggs ’20 commented, “Now I understand why we have the public speaking competition at school.” Because of her experience at school, she felt well prepared to present to an audience.

“I am extremely proud of our students,” said Mrs. Rodowsky. “This competition gave them the opportunity to focus on the Academy Core Curriculum of critical thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and communication. They rose to the occasion which resulted in a great showing at the county level, and I’m excited to see how our students perform in May at the state competition.”

Academy’s Results from the 10th Annual Pasco County Schools District Final History Fair

Carly Powell ’19 – 1st Place Research Paper “Eliza Schuyler Hamilton”

Dion Loutas ’20 – 1st Place Individual Documentary “The Life of Arthur Ashe”

Elijah Freedman ’20 – 2nd Place Individual Website “ECOPeace: A Pathway to Peace in the Middle East”

Katie Erin McCormick ’20 – 3rd Place Individual Exhibit “The Poor Peoples’ Campaign”

Nataley Riggs ’20 and Jessica Hill ’20 – 3rd Place Group Documentary “Charles Loring Brace: Taking a Stand for Children”

Amber Nadeau ’20 and Isabella Lyons ’20 – 3rd Place Group Exhibit “Dian Fossey: Saving the Gorillas”

Graesyn Thilmony ’20 and Lauren Reinhart ’20 – Honorable mention Group Website “Pageantry & Protest: Miss America Pageant of 1968″

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