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Local students place second in National History Day

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Four students from Mills River won second place in the Junior Group Performance category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland.

Classical Scholars home school students Abigail Byrd, Daphne Fortain, Katherine Grady, Sierra Manning and Maddie Matlickcaptivated judges with a project titled "Petticoat Rebels: How the Women of the Easter Rising Took a Stand for Irish Independence."

More than half a million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, and South Asia competed in the 2017 National History Day Contest. Middle and high school students around the world created documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites based on the theme, Taking a Stand in History.

“The National History Day Contest requires intensive research and analytical thinking skills,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Each student involved in the competition spends countless hours researching, writing, and editing. Only the top projects make it to the National Contest and it requires a truly superb entry to receive second place. These students should be proud of this accomplishment.”

Founded in 1974, at Case Western Reserve University, National History Day has grown from a contest of a few hundred students to a multi-national educational organization dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history. Students around the world, guided by more than 30,000 teachers, utilize the project-based learning framework that is central to the National History Day® Contest.

This fall, students around the world will begin creating entries for the 2018 contest under the theme, Conflict and Compromise in History. For more information on the contest and how to enter, visit