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Anna Conen to Represent PA in National History Day Finals

May 20, 2020


Radnor Middle School 8th-Grader Anna Conen to Represent Pennsylvania in National History Day Finals

Anna Conen stands with presentation Eighth-grader Anna Conen earned the chance to represent Radnor Middle School and the state of Pennsylvania in the 2020 National History Day finals following her strong performance in the Junior Individual Exhibit category during the virtual state competition on May 15 and 16.

Anna's exhibit, "Brenda Berkman: Fighting the Fires of Discrimination," took second place in its category, earning her one of only two spots from Pennsylvania in Junior Individual Exhibit in the National Contest. Anna is currently enrolled in Ms. Emily Morikawa's social studies class.

"I am beyond grateful and excited to have made it to the nationals round and I would like to thank my teachers, family, and friends for all their help and support," Anna said in an email.

Fellow eighth-grader Gaby Heberling, a student of Mr. Jeff McQuaid, finished sixth in the same category for her project, "Elizabeth Blackwell: Breaking the Gender Barrier Through Medicine." A total of nine RMS projects qualified for this year's state competition. All projects centered around this year's National History Day theme, "Breaking Barriers in History."

"I have been able to test myself, learn a lot, and I was able to research a topic I was passionate about," Anna said. "I also loved how I was able to get creative with the project and although a lot of hard work goes into it, I had a lot fun."

Gaby Heberling and poster 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.

"[National History Day] has been an overall great experience for me ," Anna said. "I strongly recommend it to those who are considering doing it next year."

Due to the COVID-19 public health situation, the regional, state and national competitions were converted to a virtual contest format. The virtual National History Day finals will be held from June 14-20. 

Congratulations to all of this year's National History Day participants and best of luck to Anna at nationals!