Connect Students Qualify for Nationals in State History Day Competition

Connect Students Qualify for Nationals in State History Day Competition

PUEBLO – A handful of students from The Connect School, a District 70 charter middle school, and another from Pueblo West High School have qualified for the national competition of National History Day.

Nearly 75 students in grades 6-12 qualified for State History Day from the Pueblo regional competition, Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences, held March 5 on the CSU-Pueblo campus. The students successfully moved to the state competition after competing with more than 450 participants representing all the Southeastern Portion of Colorado.
The students will compete at the national competition, The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day,  June 12 – 16 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Each year roughly 2,400 students and their parents and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park for the week-long event. These enthusiastic groups come from all over the United States, Guam, American Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Europe, and even Shanghai, China.
The team of Maddie Colarelli, Ian Miles, and Emma Robinson of Connect Charter School took first place in the Junior Group Exhibits for Barbed Wire Debate: The Devil’s Rope vs. the Wild West.

In the Junior Individual Exhibit category, Kaeani Brekke of Connect, took third for Preserving the Land: The Hetch Hetchy Debate and the Growth of Environmentalism.

In Junior Group Performance, Kayla Cata and Lizzy Manguso of Connect took first for The Molly McGuire: The Rigged Debate.

Junior Group Web Sites, Connect’s Nic Hannan and Vince Parker took first for Unit 731: Secret of Secrets, while Delaney Collier and Sara Gama, also of Connect, took third for The Donner Party: The Cost of Greed.  

Senior Individual Exhibit category, Darby Spence of Pueblo West High School took second for  19th Amendment:  Prejudice vs. Equality

Among the special award winners were:

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University: Danica Paulsen from Connect Charter School, Pueblo, for  “The End of Diplomacy: Unexpected Betrayal at Wounded Knee”
Southeast (Pueblo) Regional Award Winner: Delaney Collier and Sara Gama (Connect Charter School) for The Donner Party: The Cost of Greed  

For more information, contact Dr. Matt Harris, chair of history, at For a complete list of national qualifiers, visit:

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