Bedford Shines at Massachusetts History Day Competition

April 4, 2017
Bedford’s 2017 Massachusetts History Day competitors, dressed alike for the awards ceremony at Stoneham High School on Sunday – Image (c) Jeff ‘JHo’ Hoyland, 2017 all rights reserved – Double click to view larger image

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford High School sent 31 students with 13 projects to Sunday’s Massachusetts History Day state competition at Stoneham High School.

Each had qualified for the state contest by placing first, second or third at the CentralWest Massachusetts History Day contest in early March.  The state contest drew the best projects from across Massachusetts, or nearly 350 students representing 50 schools and presenting 180 projects.

Click this link to view Bedford Snapshot’s Facebook album of Massachusetts History Day photographs by Jeff ‘JHo’ Hoyland

Contest judges were impressed by all of Bedford’s projects and singled out several for special commendations.  Bedford students and projects earned the following honors:

  • Janae Carpenter’s individual exhibit, American GIs at Omaha Beach on D-Day, received a special award, Best Project – Military History.
  • Megan Demeo & Melissa Driscoll’s group documentary, The Letterman System, received a special award, Best Project – Civil War History.

Three Bedford projects earned Honorable Mention designations:

  • Helen Pulizzi’s individual exhibit, Title IX.
  • Julia Doucet ‘s individual website, Claudette Colvin.
  • Neil Luczai’s individual performance, Black Mountain College.

Extending Bedford’s 13-year tradition of qualifying for the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland, a 2nd place award for their group project Zora Neale Hurston earned Georgia Michelan, Natalie Knight, Cordelia Houck and Lexia Cicone the right to compete in College Park later this year.

Click this link to learn how so many Bedford projects made their way to the state competition!

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