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Florida Students Take Top Prizes During National History Day

Florida students were honored during the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, June 15–19. Florida’s delegation of 58 students participated in the largest turnout ever recorded for the national competition.

Seven Florida entries were finalists in the competition, which awards prizes to the top three entries in each division and category. Nicholas Gupta, a student at Gulf Breeze Middle School in Gulf Breeze (Santa Rosa County), earned first place in the Junior Individual Exhibit category for his entry, “The Munich Compromise: Acts of Desperation and Deception.”

Kieran Wilson, a student at Tuskawilla Middle School in Oviedo (Seminole County), received the Junior Division Outstanding State Award for his historical paper, “Protecting the River of Grass: Conflicts and Compromises Over the Everglades.”

The Senior Division Outstanding State Award was presented to Andrew Clark, Doug Nesvik, and Amanda Patton for their senior group performance titled, “Eyeball to Eyeball: The Conflict and Compromise of the Cuban Missile Crisis.”

For the complete list of Florida winners, visit the National History Day Web site at