Connecticut Historical Society Announces Winners of History Day in Connecticut

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Forty-nine students advance to National History Day competition

The Connecticut Historical Society, a non-profit museum, research library, and education center connecting the past with the present and providing a guide for the future, today announced that 49 of the 274 students that competed in History Day in Connecticut on May 8, 2010 will advance to the National History Day Competition this June in Washington, D.C.

For this year’s competition, students in grades 6-12 from across Connecticut were tasked with creating projects that reflected the theme Innovation in History: Impact and Change. Submissions included exhibits, performances, documentaries, websites and papers. Entry topics included Harry Truman, Galileo, The Wright Brothers and the telephone, among other topics of historical significance.

“We were impressed by the caliber of the submissions and the creativity that students showed in their presentations,” said Ben Gammell, Coordinator of Teacher Services, Connecticut Historical Society. “History Day is a great program to help students discover history for themselves and make connections to their own lives. We thank all of the students and teachers for their participation in History Day and wish all of the first and second place winners the best of luck at the National competition.”

First and second place winners of the State competition who are advancing to the National level are:

Coventry: Adam Grace, Joe Stickles, Tucker Bedard
Danbury: Justin Simms, Steven Farkas, Ricky Teixeira, Corey Brosz, Michael Schneider
Hartford: Nicole Davila, Dajahne Russell, Cameah Wood, Nicole Wolliston
Hebron: Jason Driscoll, Robyn Caron
Killingworth: Elizabeth Bell, Jared Bell, Rebekah Bell, Tabitha Bell
Stafford: Dalton Zbierski
Middlebury: Gabriella Battaglia, Timothy Cohn, Niko Kotsaftis, Mathew Roper
New Haven: Sophie Dillon
Oakdale: Abigail Baukus
Old Lyme: Rowan Lucey, Taavi Koivhaus
Southbury: Libby Miserendino
Stamford: James Solis, Dashiell Jepsen, Brendan George, Lindsay Swatland, Megan O’Neill, Donal Mahoney, Prashant Toteja, Meredith Addison, Eliza Engel
Storrs: Claire Coffey, Meghan Powers, Mario Chris
Torrington: Paulina Koloda, Brianna Cole
Windsor: Timothy McMahon, David Kirschner, Jessica Stargardter, Alexa Szotka, Adam McCann
West Hartford: James Towne, Mary Claire Whelan

History Day in Connecticut is part of the National History Day Program, which engages students in the process of researching and interpreting a historical topic of their choice related to an annual theme.

To learn more about History Day in Connecticut visit the Connecticut Historical Society at http://www.chs.org/historyday.

About Connecticut Historical Society:
Established in 1825, Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, and education center connecting the past with the present and providing a guide for the future. It is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished collections in New England. CHS is home to one of the most comprehensive research libraries in the State, helping people to discover their own family stories, towns and relationships to the greater community. CHS is also one of the State’s largest providers of museum education programs for school, youth and community groups and offers hands-on, interactive learning experiences for both students and their families. In addition to its own collection, CHS showcases a variety of exhibits, guest speakers and programs throughout the year. To learn more, visit http://www.chs.org or call 860.236.5621.

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