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Mead students head to national history fair

Mead Junior High School is proud to announced that 11 students (four projects) qualified for the national level of the National History Day competition to be held virtually this year in June and an additional six students (three projects) received the highest rating of Superior at the state competition in May.

The following projects qualified for the national history fair.

  • Anirudh C. and Krish M. qualified for their document Breaking Macroeconomic Barriers:  The 1973 Oil Crisis and its Effect on the Automobile Industry.
  • Divya B., Akhilraj C. and Dhruv P. qualified for their document Stitching Hearts, Stitching Dreams: Daniel Hale Williams’ Impact on Racial and Medical Barriers.
  • Jacy F., Sukanya G. and Bhavya M. qualified for their performance The Continuum of Breaking Barriers: The Chicago Mural Movement in Pilsen.
  • Yashas M., Anthony N. and Anikt R. qualified for their exhibit The Oxnard Strike of 1903: Breaking Barriers of Racial Representation in the Labor Force.

The following projects received a superior rating at the virtual state history fair:

  • Logan M. and Prithiv S. for the exhibit The Rails That Broke Barriers;
  • Adheesh A. for the website Selma: Breaking the Chains of Segregation; and
  • Arnav P., Harshil J. and Archit T. for the exhibit Florence Kelley: Breaking Barriers for Women and Children’s Labor Laws Through Social Activism. They also received a third place in the Daughters of American Revolution contest.

According to the National History Day website, more than half a million students participate annually. 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. Professional educators and historians serve as the judges. The theme this year was Breaking Barriers in History.