The Bedford High School National History Day Team participated in the regional competition this past weekend.
Patrick Culhane, the U.S. II history teacher at BHS and advisor to the NHD Team, said, “Our entire team performed admirably and close to 400 students in total competed at the event.”
Bedford High School has a decades-long reputation of faring well in National History Day events, and this year was no different. Thirteen students, working in teams or as individuals, qualified to move on to the State Finals at Winchester High School on April 1. Any projects advancing from the State competition will compete at the National Finals at the University of Maryland in June.
The National History Day program allows students to perform extensive historical research on any topic under the year’s theme and present the results in the form of papers, exhibits, performances, documentaries, or websites at a series of contests as teams or individuals.
The students who will be competing at the State competition are (listed with the category, placement, and project title):
- Ben Sedran – Group Documentary (Bronze) The Mediterranean Theater of World War II: Frontiers of Modern Warfare: Learning Lessons in Blood.
- Emily Zhu – Group Documentary (Bronze) The Mediterranean Theater of World War II: Frontiers of Modern Warfare: Learning Lessons in Blood.
- Hayden McAllister – Group Exhibit (Silver) Hannah Dutton: The Legacy of a Frontier Folktale.
- Cam Zhu – Group Exhibit (Silver) Hannah Dutton: The Legacy of a Frontier Folktale.
- Taelyn Albrecht – Individual Exhibit (Silver) Chemist’s War on Prohibition: Government Pushes Frontier of What is Ethical in Law Enforcement.
- Jackie Cutrona – Individual Website (Gold) The Izieu Home.
- Josie Donnelly – Individual Website (Gold) Ukraine: A Country Created on the European Frontier.
- Evan Kelly – Individual Documentary (Silver) Expanding the Frontier of Boston’s Rapid Transit System: A Fight to Move Forward.
- Emma Purtell – Individual Exhibit (Silver) Feminism Through Fashion: A New Frontier for Women’s Rights in the ’60s and ’70s.
- Nik Ryabinkin – Individual Documentary (Silver) Joe Kittinger: A Leap Into a New Frontier.
- Raaga Vakamalla – Individual Website (Silver) The Immigration Act of 1924: The Frontier Between the U.S. and Immigrants.
- Samantha Nappi – Group Website First Aviators: The Frontier of Flight
- Jasleen Kaur – Group Website First Aviators: The Frontier of Flight
Culhane said regardless of the competition aspect, “NHD is an exciting way for students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events.”