Connect Student Qualifies for Nationals in State History Day Competition

For the third consecutive year, a student from The Connect School, a District 70 charter middle school, has qualified for the national competition of National History Day. Almost 60 students in grades 6-12 qualified for State History Day from the Pueblo regional competition, held in February on the Colorado State University-Pueblo campus. They were chosen from more than 400 participants representing regional schools that included Pleasant View Middle School, La Junta Middle and High School, Cesar Chavez Academy, Dolores Huerta Preparatory High School, Skyview Middle School, and North Mesa Elementary, as well as The Connect School.

Susan Panza, working with her teacher Elizabeth Walsh, finished second in the Junior Paper category with her entry, “Black Death - Tragedy and Triumph,” at State History Day, held last Saturday in Boulder on the University of Colorado campus. She will next compete at the national competition, June 10-14 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

Jordan Clementi, also of The Connect School, finished third in the Junior Individual Documentary category for his entry, “Japanese-Americans in WWII: Tragic Internment and Military Triumph.” He qualified as an alternate for the national competition and will be eligible to go to Maryland if either the first- or second-place winners is not able to attend.

For more information, contact Scott Whited at or (719) 369-3026. To see a complete list of national qualifiers, go to

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