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Twenty-nine Shaker Students Earn Honors at Regional NHD Competition

April 29, 2021—Twenty-eight Shaker Heights High School students one student from Shaker Heights Middle School have been recognized and awarded prizes at the National History Day State of Ohio Competition held virtually Saturday, April 24, 2021. 

Four student projects won special prizes and five projects involving 14 Shaker students will compete at the national contest virtually the week of June 14. Two of these projects earned First Place in their category. We are extremely proud of all of our Shaker students who participated this year! Their history teachers are Sarah Davis and Joseph Konopinski at the High School and David Saluga at the Middle School. 

Special Prizes: 

African American History Award (from the History Department at the Ohio State University)

  • Communication in Song: How Lady Day Paved the Way Documentary by Laila Christian

National Maritime Historical Award Senior Division 1st Place 

  • Communications in History: The Cuban Missile Crisis Documentary by Adrik Dutta and Ezaiyah Jolly

The Primary Sources Award (from the Ohio Council of the Social Studies)

  • Lowell Thomas the Forgotten Man Who Changed Communication Documentary by Andrew Farkas, Parker Roeder, Bryan Pogel, and Jackson Fowler

The Society of Ohio Archivists Award Senior Division 

  • Tinker v. Des Moines: The Student Led Fight for Free Speech Performance by Mary Basilion, Zara Braun, and Brendan Zbanek

National Finalists are the first and second place holders in each category:

Senior Group Documentaries

  • Honorable Mention: Mahalia Jackson: A Voice for Change by Emily Boron, Elizabeth Huang and Nora von der Heydt

Senior Group Performances:
  • Honorable Mention: The Emancipation Proclamation: Causes, Reactions and Effects by Ziad Alharbi, Tariq Nicholson, Angel Rosales and Luis Rosales

  • National Finalist, Second Place: Tinker v. Des Moines: The Student Led Fight for Free Speech by Mary Basilion, Zara Braun, and Brendan Zbanek

  • National Finalist, First Place: I am not a Weakling: How the Pentagon Papers Altered Communication Between the United States Government and Its People by Maria Krouse and Anna Welsh

Senior Group Websites:
  • National Finalist, Second Place: Publishing Political Perspectives by Owen Tolbert, Dylan Lamb, Nick Luther, Antoine Staten

  • National Finalist, First Place: Influenza: The Failed Coverup of 1918 by Jonathan Jacques, Ahmed Lasheen, William Lang and Nicolo Moulthrop

Senior Individual Documentaries:
  • National Finalist, Second Place: Communication in Song: How Lady Day Paved the Way by Laila Christian

Senior Individual Websites:
  • Third Place: The Making of the Modern Campaign: Turning Points in Communication with the Voter by Hazel Smith

Junior Division Historical Papers:
  • Third Place: Soviet Posters and Jewish Identity by Ari Feinberg

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