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Florida Students Excel at National History Competition

Fifteen Florida students were announced as winners at the National History Day (NHD) competition in College Park, Md. The NHD competition is a year-long educational program that encourages students in grades six through 12 to learn research, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills through the process of historical discovery.

The 55 Florida students who advanced to the NHD contest were winners at the Florida History Fair in May. These middle and high school students prepared historical papers, exhibits, documentaries, performances, and web site entries relating to this year’s theme, The Individual in History: Actions and Legacies.

Florida Students

Congratulations to the Florida students who placed in the competition. Their names and accomplishments are listed below:

4th Place—Junior Individual Exhibit

Jalen Benson, Message for Civil Rights: A. Philip Randolph, Escambia County

7th Place—Senior Individual Exhibit

Nathan Gupta, Governor LeRoy Collins: Moderation, Toleration, and the Preservation of Order during the Civil Rights Movement, Escambia County

8th Place—Junior Individual Performance

Mackenzie Yaryura, Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, Manatee County

11th Place—Junior Historical Paper

Anna Yannakopoulos, Wernher von Braun: An Inspired Engineer or an Immoral Villain?, Hillsborough County

12th Place—Senior Group Performance

Amanda Patton and Brian Hagerott, Edward R. Murrow: The Fearless Journalist, Escambia County

14th Place—Junior Group Documentary

Dianelys Barrios and Tisha Saylor, An Ordinary Hero, Lee County

14th Place—Senior Group Exhibit

Jesse Adcock, Karissa Kleinschmidt, and Katelynn Scallan, Grace Murray Hopper: America’s “Amazing Grace,” Escambia County

George C. Marshall 20th Century History Award

Anna Yannakopoulos, Junior Historical Paper—Wernher von Braun: An Inspired Engineer or an Immoral Villain, Hillsborough County

Naval History Award

Jesse Adcock, Karissa Kleinschmidt, and Katelynn Scallan, Senior Group Exhibit -Grace Murray Hopper: America’s “Amazing Grace,” Escambia County

Outstanding State Award—Junior Division

Megan Lee and Amy Sullivan, Junior Group Exhibit—Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine, Clay County

Outstanding State Award—Senior Division

Robert Lockard and Carmen Moore, Senior Web site—Waging Peace: The Legacy of General George C. Marshall, Polk County