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WHHS freshman, HMS students honored in national History Day finals

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A West Henderson High School freshman and a team from Hendersonville Middle School received recognition during the national finals of the 2018 National History Day Contest Thursday at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The top two entries in each category were invited to the National Contest. Competitors represented the 57 affiliate members, including every state, Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and international schools in South Korea, South Asia, and China. More than 3,000 middle and high school students presented documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances, and websites related to the 2018 theme Conflict & Compromise in History.

WHHS freshman Caroline Maxon and HMS students Catherine Boyette, Grace Amantea and Laura Shelton
 won the awards.
More than a half-million students around the world entered the contest at the local level, with the top entries advancing to state/affiliate contests.
 
 
“The competitors at this level are some of the hardest working students of their generation,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “The competition at this level is tough. Each of these students has spent hours researching, revising, and preparing their entries. It takes a truly dynamic project to win at the National Contest. Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 National History Day Contest.”
Maxon won for Captain Ken Coskey Naval History, sponsored by Naval Historical Foundation
. Her paper,”The Quasi War: The Undeclared Conflict
,” won in the Senior Paper 
category.

The middle school students won in the Women’s History, sponsored by National Women’s History Museum
, for their group performance of “The 1977 National Women’s Conference: Walking the Planks into Modern Feminism.”