Five LWSD students place at or near the top at National History Day competition

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    Five students from Lake Washington School District (LWSD) put on an impressive display during this year’s National History Day competition. A team from Nikola Tesla STEM High School took home first place while a student from Evergreen Middle School placed second. More than 600,000 middle and high school students entered the competition during the 2021-22 school year, creating projects related to the theme “Debate & Diplomacy; Successes, Failures, Consequences.” After advancing through school, local and affiliate levels, just more than 2,700 students advanced to the National Contest presenting documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites.

    First-place entries in the competition are given the title, “National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholar” and receive a $1,000 award sponsored by NEH. Second-place entries in all categories receive $500. More than 445 historians and education professionals served as judges. The judging was conducted remotely online. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, it was announced the 2023 National History Day theme will be “Frontiers in History: People, Places, Ideas.” 

    Here is a list of the students with their category, school and project name:

    Senior Group Exhibit
    First Place - Connor O'Rourke, Alec Rothkowitz, David Soto and Benjamin Moskalensky, Tesla STEM High School, “Forming New Frontiers in Seattle: The Debate for Fair Employment in Boeing from 1935-1949” 

    Junior Individual Exhibit
    Second Place - Cindy Yang, Evergreen Middle School, “The Chinese Question: Faded Diplomacy and the Rise of Anti-Immigration Debate”