The Bedford Historical Society Honors Bedford High School’s National History Day Prize Winners

Bedford Historical Society president Don Corey (l) presented awards to the 2017 National History Day prize winners Natalie Knight, Lexia Ciccone, Georgia Michelman, Cordelia Houck. The students are shown with BHS Social Studies teacher James Sunderland and program administrator Christine Butler – Image (c) JMcCT, 2017 all rights reserved

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As it has done for the past 10 years, the Bedford Historical Society honored Bedford High School’s National History Day prize winners.

The 2017 team — Lexia Ciccone, Cordelia Houck, Natalie Knight, and Georgia Michelman and their history teacher, James Sunderland — traveled to the University of Maryland in June where their senior group documentary, Zora Neale Hurston: Taking a Stand for a Holistic Portrayal of Black Women & Black Culture in Literature, earned the third-place medal in the national competition. The theme was Taking a Stand in History, and Bedford’s team competed in a field of 100 entries from around the world.

The Bedford Historical Society’s inaugural lecture of the 2017-2018 season opened with the team’s video and a short time for questions. Historical Society president Don Corey said, “I am I’m impressed with the scope of their project, the wide range of resources that they used in researching it, and in their managing all the technical details of creating their film.”

Bedford teacher Sarah Dorer had worked with the girls as they came through elementary school. “I was so proud of the girls and their achievement,” said Dorer, as she reflected on this week’s Historical Society presentation. “Their video taught me something, as I never was exposed to Zora Neale Thurston’s work in high school. I attended high school during the early 1970’s just before her renaissance. When I saw the video for the first time last summer, I recommended my book club read Their Eyes Were Watching God. None of us had read it… we loved it!”

James Sunderland, BHS’s History Day coach, thanked the Historical Society for its continued support. “The Bedford Historical Society has been honoring Bedford High School students and their achievements in the National History Day program for the past 10 years. It is a joy and privilege to showcase students and their work to such an appreciative audience.”

Click the YouTube link below to watch the BHS team’s winning video.

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