Connect, PSAS Students Qualify for Nationals in State History Day Competition


Connect, PSAS 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 School of Arts and Sciences have qualified for the national competition of National History Day.

The local students qualified at the 2012 regional event held on the CSU-Pueblo campus on March 10 with the theme, Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History. This was the 19th straight year that CSU-Pueblo has hosted the March competition, which encourages middle and high school students to explore and interpret historical events through web pages, performances, publications, and multimedia presentations. The students successfully moved to the state competition after competing with more than 200 participants representing all the Southeastern portion of Colorado.
The students will compete at the national competition, The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day, June 10-14  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. 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 Joey Gavato and Nick Johnston of Connect Charter School took first place in the Junior Group Documentary for Lights! Camera! Reaction! Child Labor Reform Through the Revolutionary Lens of Lewis Hine, while Robert Carver and Connor Kelley of Connect took second in the same category for The Jungle: A Bloody Business of Exploitation.  

In the Junior Group Exhibit category, Mia Gilbertson, David Gonzales, Alissa Montoya and Alyssa Shaffer-Reyes of Connect, took second for Ghost Map Spurs Revolution in Epidemiology, while Ian Byrd, Luke Maglia, Zeb Meier and Ryan Paolucci took third for The Great Race of Mercy: Revolution in Public Health Inoculations.

Junior Group Web Sites, Connect’s Julia Moore and Julia Hernandez took second for America's Hope in the Sky: The Revolution of Helicopters in the Vietnam War, while Cameron Collins and David Lynch, also of Connect, took third for Passive Movements to Deadly Resistance: GI Reactions to Vietnam.  

Among the special award winners were:

National History Day in Colorado Outstanding Senior Teacher
Tracy Blevins, La Junta High School

Colorado Geographic Alliance Award: Christian Duran, Adrian Herrera, and Irene Homes from Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences, Pueblo, for  Railroad through the Rockies.
Southeast (Pueblo) Regional Award Winner: Delaney McCafferty, Jett Nakamura, and Abby Russ (Connect Charter School) for The Monuments Men: America Reacts to Nazi Tyranny  

For more information, contact Eileen Gose, Coordinator of Southeastern Colorado History Day at matt.harris@colostate-pueblo.edu.  For a complete list of national qualifiers, visit:  http://www.coloradohistoryday.org/AwardsWinners.htm

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