History in Connecticut celebrated at Mansfield Middle School
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Tue., Apr. 2, 2013
On Saturday, March 23, 250 students participated in the Mansfield History Day District Contest at Mansfield Middle School. Students in grades six through 12 presented their finished projects to teams of volunteer judges that consisted of local educators, museum professionals and history lovers. The students had spent months researching topics related to the theme of “Turning Points in History.” Participants could choose to present their project as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a website or a documentary.
The day culminated in an awards ceremony where state Rep. Greg Haddad (D-54) helped Rebecca Taber-Conover, the History Day in Connecticut state coordinator, announce the winners and distribute awards. Those students who placed third or higher are now invited to attend the State History Day Contest on April 27 at Central Connecticut State University.
History Day in Connecticut is an affiliate program of National History Day. History Day in Connecticut is administered by Connecticut’s Old State House and the Connecticut Historical Society, with major funding from Connecticut Humanities. For more information, contact Rebecca Taber-Conover at 860-522-6766, ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local students who qualified to compete at the state level are: Mansfield Middle School student Vida Javida, first place, for her paper “Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Tearing a Nation Apart”; MMS student Chloe Gibson, third place, for her paper “Domesticating the Human: How Cats Changed the Course of Egyptian History”; MMS student Gabriel Wright, first place, for his website, “Trench Warfare, A New Type of Battle”; MMS students Avja Montoya and Catherine Cranmer, first place, for their website, “The Bicycle: Turning History ‘Round and ‘Round”; MMS students Ella Gildersleeve, Mary Pociask and Olivia Lacafta, third place, for their website, “The Impact that Ruby Bridges had on Education”; MMS student Amealia Maynard, first place, for her documentary, “Katherine Switzer: Making Strides for Women in Sports”; MMS students Smriti Hamal, Adrienne Martineau and Anne Wu, first place, for their documentary, “The Destiny of Dolly”; Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School students Lilly Russo and Meagan Thomas, third place, for their documentary, “Gutenberg Press”; MMS students Emily Kaufman and Claire Chang, first place, for their performance, “Environmental Awareness: The First Earth Day”; MMS students Heather Abdullah, Joyce Nieh, Jenny Welss and Alina Van Den Berg, second place, for their performance, “The Impact of the American Civil Rights Movement: 1955-1969”; MMS students Callie Storrs and Margaret Chafouleas, first place, for their exhibit, “Beyond the Cages of Cruelty”; MMS students Maria Mantas and Misha Rosado, second place, for their exhibit, “The Electric Guitar: Its Road to Fame”; E.O. Smith High School students Jonas Burkhard and Timothy Nolan, first place, for their documentary, "A Country Held Hostage: The CIA in Iran 1953.”