The National History Day Arizona team. (Photo: Arizona Historical Society)
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Arizona Students Win Top Prizes at the 45th Annual National History Day Contest

The National History Day Arizona team. (Photo: Arizona Historical Society)

PHOENIX, AZ — The Arizona Historical Society (AHS) congratulates the 56 Arizona students who competed at the National History Day® (NHD) Contest June 9-13, 2019 at the University of Maryland.

Over 3,000 middle school and high school students from 57 states, affiliates, and international schools competed at this annual event. Students addressed this year’s theme, Triumph & Tragedy in History, through the creation of documentary films, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites.

Stacey Trepanier, National History Day in Arizona-State Coordinator shared, “Arizona’s NHD national team enthusiastically represented the Grand Canyon state at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Students interacted with thousands of students, scholars, and history educators from around the world. Our team enjoyed exploring the nation’s Capitol, walking among memorials and monuments and seeing democracy in action. This is a fantastic program that helps develop our state’s best and brightest young historians!”

Several Arizona students and teams received top prizes in the following categories:

First Place Title: Radium Girls: From Jaw-Dropping Tragedy to Glowing Triumph Student(s): Zia Rice-Bensch, Keona Wallen, Sean Choudhry, and Elias Rice-Bensch School: Accelerated Learning Laboratory, Tucson, Arizona

Fourth Place Title: Vanquishing Segregation in the Valley of the Sun: The Triumph and Tragedy of Carver High Student: Senou Kounouho Category: Senior Paper School: Basis Peoria, Peoria, Arizona

Seventh Place Title: Excelsior! Student: Maya Bickel Category: Junior Individual Exhibit School: New Vistas Center for Education, Chandler, Arizona

Best Entry on African American History Sponsored by: The National Park Service Title: Vanquishing Segregation in the Valley of the Sun: The Triumph and Tragedy of Carver High Student(s): Senou Kounouho Category: Senior Paper School: BASIS Peoria, Peoria, Arizona

The NHD program is an important part of the AHS mission to connect people through the power of Arizona’s history. Bill Peterson, AHS Vice President of Collections and Education shared, “National History Day is an amazing program that allows the Arizona Historical Society to engage students across the state to the extraordinary possibilities found in Arizona History. We could not be more pleased to be the home partner with Arizona’s teachers and students for this wonderful history competition.”

National History Day in Arizona is a year-long program that begins each fall in local schools across the state and culminates in the state competition in March. If your school is interested in the program, contact Stacey Trepanier, National History Day in Arizona-State Coordinator, at 480-234-9192 or strepanier@nhdaz.org.

AHS would like to thank our NHDAZ sponsors – Arizona Council for the Social Studies, Kemper & Ethel Marley Foundation, Salt River Project, and the School of Historical, Philosophical & Religious Studies at Arizona State University.

Developed for middle and high school students, National History Day Arizona makes history come alive by engaging them in the discovery of the historical, cultural, scientific, and social experiences of the past. Through in-depth research, project-based learning, hands-on experiences, and presentations; Arizona students become better prepared to inform the present and shape the future. NHDAZ inspires teachers and students through challenging classroom activities, after-school clubs, weekend workshops, and exciting competitions transforming history education and instruction.

For more information, visit arizonahistoricalsociety.org.