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Creativity on Display for National History Day Competition

On Friday, January 19, the third annual celebration of National History Day (NHD) at The Peck School was marked by a display of websites, exhibits, documentaries, performances and research papers created by Peck Upper School students. Each year, students in Grade 6 through 8, work diligently to create entries that will potentially be judged against submissions from students around the globe.
Peck faculty members initially judge entries according to rubrics provided by the National History Day organization. Student projects that are selected to move on to a regional competition may ultimately progress to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
 
Each year, the National History Day organization chooses a theme for the competition. According to the NHD website, the theme is chosen for the broad application to world, national, or state history, and its relevance to ancient history or to the more recent past. This year’s theme is Conflict and Compromise in History. The intentional selection of the theme for NHD is to provide an opportunity for students to push past the antiquated view of history as mere facts and dates and drill down into historical content to develop perspective and understanding.
 
Students begin working on projects in the fall, and with only rough guidance from faculty members, they choose their own topic and must exercise a variety of 21st century skills to succeed: critical thinking, problem solving, research skills, public speaking, and self-confidence.
 
In the three years The Peck School has been involved in the competition, students have done extremely well with projects progressing to the National Contest for the past two years in a row.
 
This year, the following student projects have been selected to proceed to the regional event:
 
Sixth Grade:
  1. Group Documentary, Dismantling the Berlin Wall , by Eve Carbeau, Kathryn Cepeda, and Sophia Loschert
  2. Group Exhibit, From Lies to Truth: Apartheid in South Africa, by Aleena Ahmed and Lexi Watson
  3. Group Exhibit, The Division of North & South Korea, by Daniel Hendrikson, Owen Markowitz, and Justin Alle 
 
Seventh Grade:
  1. Individual Website, The Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, by Isabella DiPasquale
  2. Individual Website, Helmut Kohl and German Reunification, by William Tsai
  3. Individual Website, Elizabeth Blackwell, by Jordan Cheung
  4. Group Website, The First Female Physician, by Mallika Reddy and Kirsten Lytle
  5. Individual Exhibit, The Siege of Leningrad, by Liz Khidekel
 
Eighth Grade:
  1. Group Exhibit, The Cotton Club,  by Aitalia Sharpe and Maria Vieira
  2. Group Exhibit, Join or Die, by Sophie Wilkinson and Sanjana Shah
  3. Group Exhibit, Women Using Stereotypes for Espionage, by Janet Pearce, Heidi Pearce, Sarika Somaiya
  4. Group Website, Baseball and the Great Depression, by Rayyan Ahmed and Cody Schiffman
  5. Group Website, The Great Schism, by Bella Vieser, Anna Riley, Christian Carbeau, Alec Brown
  6. Group Documentary, The Cuban Missile Crisis and How Two Enemy Nations Reached an Agreement to Prevent Nuclear War, by Chris Keating, JJ Whitehurst, Alex Downey
  7. Live Performance, The Split of Yugoslavia, by Will Calder
  8. Research Paper, Mozart & Salieri: A Musical Feud, by Abby MacVicar

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