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RMS Students Advance to State National History Day Competition

April 23, 2019

Radnor Middle School Students Advance to State National History Day Competition


Project Dozens of Radnor Middle School students recently competed in the Southeast PA National History Day Regional Contest. Nine projects placed in the top three in their category and earned a spot in the state round on May 15 and 16. 

All projects centered around this year's National History Day theme, "Breaking Barriers in History." The regional, state and national competitions have converted to a virtual contest format in response to the COVID-19 public health situation.

National History Day is a year-long educational program that engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries, websites and research papers based on research related to the annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.

The RMS projects that advanced to the state round are:

  • Ella Klimowicz and Alison Long - First Place, Junior Group Exhibit, "Shirley Chisholm"
  • Devin Long, Rebecca Goldberg and Nicole Irani - Second Place, Junior Group Exhibit, "Susan B. Anthony"
  • Rhea Howard and Anya Nazareth - Second Place, Group Performance, "Fanny Brice"
  • Aidan Oliver - First Place, Individual Website, "Breaking Social Norms on Broadway"
  • Stefan Muller - Second Place, Individual Website, "The Italians in World War One: Breaking Oppression and Creating Yugoslavia"
  • Kaitlin Browne - First Place, Historical Paper, "It Seemed Like Reaching For the Moon: a Southern Town, Civil Rights Battle, and a Segregated Generation Without an Education"
  • Paige Bailey - Third Place, Historical Paper, "The Seeing Eye: Breaking Barriers for the Blind"
  • Gaby Heberling - Second Place, Individual Exhibit, "Elizabeth Blackwell: Breaking the Gender Barrier Through Medicine"
  • Anna Conen - Third Place, Individual Exhibit, "Brenda Berkman: Fighting the Fires of Discrimination"

The RMS competitors are currently enrolled in Ellen Foley, Mary Canniff, Jay Echternach, Jeff McQuaid, and Emily Morikawa's social studies classes.

Congratulations to all of this year's participants!

Pictured: "Shirley Chisholm" by 7th-graders Ella Klimowicz and Alison Long on display in the RMS library in March.