NEWPORT — Four local students were winners in the Vermont History Day education program, a statewide program where students study history and create a project based on their chosen topic.
Vermont History Day is an education program that encourages students to study history and expand their knowledge. It provides the opportunity to share the knowledge they have gained from their historical research by creating projects for the state contest.
The program is open to Vermont students in grades five through twelve and home study students ages 10 to 18.
Working individually or in small groups, students picked a topic related to the National History Day annual theme. The topic can relate to Vermont history or US history or world history.
The four local winners were:
Arne Bannach and Giddieon Hinton from North Country Union Junior High School took third place in the Junior Group Website category for their project “Attila the Hun.”
Sophie Haugwitz and Anika Hamby from North Country Union Junior High School took second place in the Junior Group Exhibit category for their project “Genghis Khan.”
Students conducted research in libraries, museums, and historical societies, as well as interviewing experts on their topic. Using their new knowledge and incorporating primary sources, the students developed their projects in the format of their choice: exhibits, websites, documentaries, performances or papers.
The entries were then judged by local historians, educators, and other professionals at the state program. This year’s state contest took place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at U-32 High School in East Montpelier.
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