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Students Rise to National Level in History Competition

At Peck, we honor the past, while preparing for the future. And each year, our students continue to showcase their appreciation for the humanities by distinguishing themselves in the highest levels of the National History Day Competition. This year, Grade 8 students Maria Vieira and Aitalia Sharpe sailed past the state competition with their Jr. Group Exhibit entitled, The Cotton Club. They were elevated to the nationals by judges at the New Jersey state finals, held on the William Paterson campus in Wayne, NJ on May5th.
Isabella DiPasquale ’19 was an alternate winner with her Jr. Individual Website, Seneca Falls. She will progress to the nationals in the event another qualifier cannot attend.
Originally, sixteen Peck students were selected to compete in the regional competition out of all Upper School students in Grades 6 through 8 who created exhibits. From the regional competition, 9 students then advanced to the state contest.
At each phase of the competition, students must face increasingly challenging judges, as they exercise expert presentation skills, positive attitudes, and strong public speaking abilities. The theme of this year’s national competition is Conflict & Compromise.
Congratulations to our talented students and to the members of our dedicated History Department. The nationals are held at the University of Maryland campus from June 10-14. Upper School teachers Sue Longenecker and Jason Guss will be accompanying our students to the competition.
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