5 Students Named Finalists in the 2023 National History Day Competition

Five Howard, Long Reach, and River Hill high school students were recently named finalists in their respective categories at the 2023 National History Day Competition. The competition, which was held in person at the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland, recognized students from across the country for their outstanding work in history.

The students from Howard County were recognized for their projects in various categories, including personal documentaries and group performances. The competition was highly competitive, with over 3,000 students from across the country participating.

The National History Day Competition is an annual event that encourages students to explore and research historical topics and creatively present their findings. The competition allows students to develop research, critical thinking, and presentation skills, as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation of history.

The five students from Howard County are an inspiration to their peers and a testament to the quality of education in the area. Their dedication and hard work have earned them a place among the top history students in the country. Congratulations to these outstanding students on their achievement!

Outstanding State Entry Award – Senior Division and Finalist
Student: Charan Bala
Category: Individual Documentary
Topic: Black Wall Street: The Majestic Story of Wealth in All-Black Towns
School: River Hill High School
Teacher: Jessica Nichols

Finalists
Students: Athena Devashish and Julia Shi
Category: Senior Group Documentary
Topic: Cuneiform: How a Linguistic Innovation Revolutionized the World
School: River Hill High School
Teacher: Callie Casper

Student: River Gleeson
Category: Senior Individual Performance
Topic: The Stonewall Riots: The Event that Changed Queer Life Forever School:
Howard High School
Teacher: Leah Foran

Student: Cora Wood
Category: Senior Individual Website
Topic: First Impressions: The Opening of a New Artistic Horizon in the 19th Century
School: Long Reach High School
Teacher: Lisa Milak

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