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Congratulations to East Hills Middle School Student Winners in the National History Day Contest

Each year, more than half a million students, encouraged by thousands of teachers nationwide participate in the National History Day contest. Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics? significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. This year?s theme was, ?Taking a Stand in History.?

Four students in the eighth grade seminar program under the direction of Mrs. McDonald participated in the NHD contest this year. The topics selected by East Hills students included: ?Rise of the Repeal: Taking a Stand Against Prohibition,? a group performance by Katie Marakovits and Evelyn Carpenter that took first place at the state competition. Also taking first place was a documentary by Ari Braun and Jewel Levy entitled, ?Taking a Stand in the Town that Built America: The Bethlehem Steel Strike of 1910. The state competition took place on May 12th-13th at Carlisle High School. East Hills Middle School also took best overall Junior Division Award at the competition.

The winning entries will continue on to the national level competition held at the University of Maryland on June 11th-15th. Congratulations NHD participants!