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Three Mead projects advance to National History Day Competition

Six Mead Junior High School students have qualified for the National History Day competition June 9-13 in College Park, Maryland.

  • Abhay P., Soham G. and Sean Y. qualified in the Exhibit category for their project “Breaking Barriers in Basketball: The 1963 Loyola ‘Game of Change.’”
  • Anirudh C. and Akhilraj C. qualified in the Documentary category for their project “The Chicago Typhoid Fever Epidemic of the 19th Century: How Sickness and Death Can Lead to Change.”
  • Ella S. qualified in the Website category for her project “The Radium Girls: Ottawa’s Shining Women.”

The following four projects by Mead students also earned Superior Ranking at the State History Expo.

  • Anisha A., Brisa B. and Maya J. for their exhibit “The Tylenol Murders: How Seven Deaths Changed America’s Medicine Safety Forever”
  • Dhruv P., Yashas M. and Krish M. for their exhibit “Instigating A Racial Movement: The Springfield Race Riots of 1908”
  • Anmay G. for his documentary “The Sears Tower: A Monument for a Dying Company”
  • Shivshankar P. and Sreedevi P. for their documentary “The 1968 Democratic National Convention Riots: The Power of Protest”

The theme this year was Triumph and Tragedy in History. Students choose a historical topic related to the theme, conduct research, analyze and interpret their sources, and then draw a conclusion about the significance of their topic. Students can present their work as a research paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary or a website.