Bay Port High School students (left to right) Ben Walters, Ben Hoskyn, and Jonah Lotter are national finalists in the annual National History Day event based on their state level performance last month. Out of over 10,000 students statewide, only 36 were chosen to advance to the national competition June 12-16 at the University of Maryland.
National History Day is a nationally recognized academic enrichment program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in grades 6-12. This yearlong academic program helps students to build critical thinking and research skills as they explore a topic of their own interest connected to an annual theme.
The theme for this year’s competition is “Exploration, Encounter and Exchange in History.” Ben, Ben, and Jonah’s topic is “Apollo 13: The Successful Failure” and they have chosen to share their research by creating a documentary. You can view their documentary here.
The trio is fundraising for an opportunity to travel to the national competition and present their research for judging and further awards. Visit their website to learn more and contribute.
Other notable performances at the state level came from Bay View Middle School students: two groups earned 3rd place finishes, one spot away from a national finalist designation. Nathan Jonet and Jack Anderson’s project on the creation of kindergarten and Mady Draak, Ava Krohn, and Anna Mittag’s research on the Little Rock 9 were honored. The Little Rock 9 team also earned a $250 cash award for the best civil rights research project at the state competition.