11 Summit students place in regional history day contest

By Nicholas Johnson | Mar 15, 2017

Eleven eighth-graders in the Mukilteo School District’s Summit program for highly capable students placed at this year’s Northwest Regional History Day competition Saturday, March 4, at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

National History Day is a non-profit education organization that engages more than half a million middle- and high-school students around the world annually in conducting original research on historical topics, largely through the National History Day Contest.

This year’s theme is “Taking a Stand in History.”

Students had to demonstrate how their person or event exemplifies the theme using a website, exhibit, paper, performance or documentary.

All eighth-grade Summit students must complete a History Day project, but they have to volunteer to submit their projects to the competition process.

Mahsheeb Khan won first place in the Historical Paper category with “Saving Jewish Refugees During Anti-Semitic Times: Chiyune Sugihara.”

Lauren Collison, Katie Fitzpatrick and Eden Vold won first place in the Group Performance category with “Audrey Hepburn’s Stand in History.”

Ian Morse won first place in the Individual Performance category with “The Vemork Heavy Water Plant Sabotage.”

Riley Staheli and Jack Wells won second place in the Group Documentary category with their film, “The Life and Accomplishments of Ida B. Wells-Barnett.”

Noah Blondin and Dylan Stengel won second place in the Group Exhibit category with their tri-fold, “Ronald Reagan Against Communism.”

Maggie Wang placed third in the Historical Paper category with “Judy Chicago: One Half of History.”

Cynthia Douglas placed fourth in the Individual Documentary category with her film, “The Stonewall Riots: Bringing Homosexuality out of the Shadows.”

Those students now move on to the Washington state competition set for Saturday, April 29, at Green River Community College in Auburn. The national contest is set for June 11-15.

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