While most of the world eagerly waits for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to begin tonight, LWSD middle school students are focused on a competition of their own. Inglewood, Evergreen, Finn Hill, Kamiakin and Redmond Middle Schools are competing in the Middle School Winter Olympics throughout February.
Evergreen Middle School team wins big at National History Day event
For months, a team of eighth grade students from Evergreen Middle School (EMS) conducted extensive research on the Tuskegee Airmen. Their hard work paid off last week when their 10-minute documentary, “The Tuskegee Airmen: Courage Knows No Color,” was named National Champion in the Junior Group Documentary category of the National History Day competition. This competition was held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., June 11-15. The team also won the title of National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars for their historical research and creation of their documentary. The team included Ananya Ganapathi, Ananya Nandula and Layasri Ranjith.
Another EMS team placed second and received the silver medal at Nationals for their Junior Group Exhibit entitled, “In a League of Their Own: How Ludwig Guttmann’s Paralympics Put the ‘Ability’ in ‘Disability’.’” This team included Vidyut Baskar and Pranav Sheokand.
Redmond High School (RHS) student Sneha Bharadwaj competed in the Individual Senior Documentary category. Her project, “Brown vs. Board: Taking a Stand Against Segregation,” was selected to represent Washington state as one of two outstanding affiliate projects of 2017 to be recognized at Nationals.
The National Competition is the culmination of nine months of work and research that begins with more than 600,000 participants nationwide. To qualify, students must first advance from both their regional and state competitions. In Washington, more than 7,000 students participate in the program each year. Eighteen students proudly represented Lake Washington School District as they advanced to the National competition.
National History Day encourages students to become historians by developing research, analysis, presentation, and social skills. Working individually or in groups, junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12) division students select a topic related to an annual theme. This year’s theme was “Taking a Stand”. Students conduct extensive historical research using primary sources, articles, and books, then share their research and analysis in a dramatic performance, multimedia documentary, museum exhibit, website, or research paper.