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Pennsylvania Students Receive National Honors for Academic Achievement

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 Nine Pennsylvania students received honors at the 2017 National History Day (NHD) Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park. They were among the 62 PA students vying for top honors at the international competition, which brought together 3,040 competing students from 57 states, U.S. territories, and foreign nations.

 

Although Pennsylvania’s 62 students represented only 2% of the students competing, they brought home 5.5% of the medals awarded for entries that finished in the top three, a level of achievement that is a testament to the strength of the NHD in PA program and the Commonwealth’s educational system.

 

The Pennsylvania students who received awards are:

 

National Champion and National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar - Senior Individual Website

Title: Beyond the Cardigan

Student: Joanna Harlacher

Teacher: Elizabeth Lewis, Donegal High School, Mount Joy

 

Second Place – Junior Individual Exhibit

Title: Mary Beth Tinker: The Voice Behind Student Free Speech

Student: Brendan Hung

Teacher: Joseph Echternach, Radnor Middle School, Bryn Mawr

 

Third Place - Senior Group Exhibit

Title: "A Force of Nature": Wangari Maathai Fights for the Environment and the People

Students: Sara Skwaryk, Rebecca Wahlenmayer, and Elizabeth Wahlenmayer

Teacher: Randy Styborski, Girard High School, Girard

 

The George Washington Leadership in History Award

Category: Junior Individual Performance

Title: Taking a Stand in the Shadows: The Culper Spy Ring During the Revolutionary War

Student: Lilianna Hug

Teacher: Annelise Carleton-Hug, Salamander Meadows Homeschool, Ohiopyle

 

Outstanding Entry from Pennsylvania - Junior Group Website

Title:  Quietly Taking a Stand in Every Neighborhood: How Mr. Rogers Changed Children’s Television and Influenced Generations

Students: Isabelle Meyers and Henry Meyers

Teacher: Josh Elders, Peters Township Middle School, McMurray

 

Outstanding Entry from Pennsylvania - Senior Individual Performance

Title:  Rosa Parks: Taking a Stand by Sitting Down

Student: Sydney Altemose

Teacher: Eric Mark, Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg

 

National History Day is a year-long academic program proven to enhance student achievement and college and career readiness. In 2012, the internationally recognized program, based in College Park, Maryland, received the National Humanities Medal from President Obama and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In Pennsylvania, National History Day is sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle.

 

The theme for 2017 was Taking a Stand in History. Students spent the past year researching and analyzing historical sources, drawing conclusions, and developing projects to demonstrate what they have learned about topics of their own choosing. The projects fall into one of five categories: video documentaries, exhibits, historical papers, dramatic performances, and website.  Approximately 12,000 Pennsylvania students participate in the program each year. Students enter their projects in a series of local, regional, and state contests to qualify for the national contest. 

 

The following Pennsylvania students were among the finalists who finished in the top ten in their category:

 

Fifth Place - Junior Individual Performance

Title:  Taking a Stand in the Shadows: The Culper Spy Ring During the Revolutionary War

Student: Lilianna Hug

Teacher: Annelise Carleton-Hug, Salamander Meadows Homeschool, Ohiopyle

 

Fifth Place - Junior Group Website

Title: Quietly Taking a Stand in Every Neighborhood: How Mr. Rogers Changed Children’s Television and Influenced Generations

Students: Isabelle Meyers and Henry Meyers

Teacher: Josh Elders, Peters Township Middle School, McMurray

 

Sixth Place - Junior Individual Website

Title: Hernando de Soto Polar: An Economic Answer to Terrorism

Student: Margaret Atkins

Teacher: Helena Ryder, Academy Of Notre Dame De Namur, Villanova

 

Seventh Place - Senior Individual Performance

Rosa Parks: Taking a Stand by Sitting Down

Student: Sydney Altemose

Teacher: Eric Mark, Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg

 

Tenth Place - Senior Paper

Title: "God Rewards Fools"- Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman's Stand to Revolutionize Cryptography

Student: Chloe Makdad

Teacher: Jessica Hetrick, Tyrone Area High School, Tyrone

 

To learn more about the NHD in PA program, including how to participate, please contact State Coordinator Jeff Hawks at eddirector@armyheritage.org or 717-258-1102.

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