Shaker Students Earn Honors at State History Day Competition

April 23, 2018—Students from Shaker Heights High School and Middle School competed with approximately 700 other students this past Saturday, April 21, for both special prizes and the opportunity to compete at the National History Day competition in June at the University of Maryland at College Park. 

Six Shaker projects, representing 11 students, will advance to National Competition with Shaker winning two First Place entries. Overall, 11 of Shaker’s 14 projects won at least one award, either as National Qualifiers, National Alternates, Honorable Mentions, and/or won Special Awards resulting in recognition and monetary prizes.

Students from the Middle School work with Individuals and Societies teacher David Saluga’s NHD Club. Students from the High School work with Individuals and Societies teachers Sarah Davis, Joseph Konopinski, and Amy Wadsworth, with assistance from many other faculty, including Department Chair Silvia Sheppard, editorial assists from the High School’s Writing Center, and counsel from the Theater Department.

Results are listed by category. "Senior" indicates high school-level competition and "Junior" indicates Grades 7 and 8-level competition. First and Second places both qualify to compete at the National Competition and Third place indicates a National Competition Alternate.

Senior Group Documentary

  • National Finalist, Second Place: "Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act" by Sedona Jolly, Tiffany Hsich, Kavi Warrier
  • National Alternate, Third Place: "Four Dead in Ohio: The Kent State Shooting" by Ava Yavacone and Theodora Bowne

Senior Group Exhibit

  • Honorable Mention: "Those Who Work with Their Arms: The Opportunities, Exploitations, and Reasons Behind the Bracero Program" by Aaliyah Williams and Marina Denunzio

Senior Group Performance

  • National Finalist, First Place: "Operation Ajax" by Kimya Taheri and Delaney Fedewa

Senior Group Website

  • National Finalist, Second Place: "Quakers in Mount Pleasant: Pacifism or Abolitionism" by Alison Lupton, Natalie Green, and Caitlin Bocks

Senior Individual Exhibit

  • National Finalist, First Place: "Asilomar II: Resolving the Debate Between Science and Ethics" by Sarah Cawley
  • National Finalist, Second Place: "Where the Rubber Meets the Road: The Freedom Riders Fight To Desegregate Interstate Transit" by McKenzie Curry
  • National Alternate, Third Place: "The Rosie the Riveter Campaign: Putting America's Women to Work" by Molly Harper

Junior Paper

  • National Finalist, First Place: "More than Football: The Michigan-Ohio War over Toledo" by Michael Duncan

Special Awards

  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame Excellence Award: "Billie Jean King: Conflict met with Compromise" Senior Paper by Eliana Good
  • The Advanced Digital Researcher Award: "The Rosie the Riveter Campaign: Putting America's Women to Work" Senior Individual Exhibit by Molly Harper
  • The African American History Award Sponsored by The Ohio State University: "Brown v. Board of Education: The End of Education Segregation" Senior Group Exhibit by Madison Peebles and Katie Stewart
  • The Society of Ohio Archivists History Award: "Four Dead in Ohio: The Kent State Shooting" Senior Group Documentary by Ava Yavacone and Theodora Bowne
  • The Ohio Historic Records Advisory Award:  "Quakers in Mount Pleasant: Pacifism or Abolitionism" Senior Group Exhibit by Alison Lupton, Natalie Green, and Caitlin Bocks
  • The American Military Award Sponsored by the Columbus Blue Jackets:  "Quakers in Mount Pleasant: Pacifism or Abolitionism" Senior Group Exhibit by Alison Lupton, Natalie Green, and Caitlin Bocks
  • The Ohio Local History Alliance:  "Quakers in Mount Pleasant: Pacifism or Abolitionism" Senior Group Exhibit by Alison Lupton, Natalie Green, and Caitlin Bocks

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