Historic Outcome for Bedford at CentralWest Massachusetts History Day District Competition

March 17, 2017

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford High School sent 13 projects authored by 31 students in 6 categories to the CentralWest Massachusetts History Day competition on March 4, and everyone came home with an award.

“Projects that placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their respective categories qualified to move onto the state contest on April 1,” said History Day advisor James Sunderland. “Long story short, every single project qualified for the state contest.”

Individual Exhibit

  • Title IXHelen Pulizzi — 1st
  • Winston ChurchillParker DeBaryshe — 2nd
  • Omaha BeachJanae Carpenter — 3rd

Individual Performance

  • Black Mountain CollegeNeil Luczai — 1st

Individual Website

  • Claudette ColvinJulia Doucet — 1st

Group Exhibit

  • Monuments MenTaline Dawson, Maria Wilson, Leslie Yan — 1st
  • Jesse OwensEvan Comeau, Gerald Liao, Robbie Meehan, Shane Meyer, Michael Vaughan — 2nd

Group Documentary

  • March 1st MovementHannah Dacayanan, Mari Fay, Stacey Kwan, Christine Lee — 1st
  • Zora Neale HurstonLexia Cicone, Cordy Houck, Natalie Knight, Georgia Michelman — 2nd
  • The Letterman SystemMegan Demeo, Melissa Driscoll — 3rd

Group Website

  • Jane AddamsMichael Chen, Rachelle Shao, Jasmin Yannix — 1st
  • Sun Yat-SenJoe Avram, Nolan Holley, George Wei — 2nd
  • Hollywood 10Caitlin Barr, Evan Stebe — 3rd

Several projects also earned special prizes:

  • Helen Pulizzi’s individual exhibit, Title IX, won the Worcester Bravehearts award for best project on taking a stand in sports history
  • Megan Demeo & Melissa Driscoll’s group website, The Letterman System, won the Clara Barton Birthplace Museum award for best project on the history of medicine.
  • Hannah Dacayanan, Mari Fay, Stacey Kwan & Christine Lee’s group documentary, The March 1st Movement, won a Worcester Art Museum award for demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of the role of art in history.
  • Lexia Cicone, Cordy Houck, Natalie Knight & Georgia Michelman’s group documentary, Zora Neale Hurston, also won a Worcester Art Museum award

“This is the first time in our district competition history that all of our projects advanced to the state finals,” said Sunderland.

The Massachusetts History Day competition will be held on Saturday, April 1 at Stoneham High School and will feature the best projects in the Commonwealth.  Projects that place 1st or 2nd in their respective categories at the state competition will qualify to represent Massachusetts at the national competition in June.

Click this link to learn how Bedford projects fared at the state competition at Stoneham High School

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Gretchen Kind
March 19, 2017 3:23 pm

Congrats Bedford!! This is wonderful news and a tribute to our hard working students and teachers.

March 18, 2017 12:40 pm

Wow! Way to go to all the participants. And,kudos to our wonderful BHS history department for the enthusiasm, ambition and dedication that they instill in our kids.

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