Five LAMS Students Win Regional National History Day Competitions

From left, Caroline Haagaenstad, Antonio Dowdy, Thomas Chadwick, Zoe Hemez, Miriam Wallstrom, Ruby Selvage and Julia Agnew. Courtesy photo

LAMS News:

Five students from Los Alamos Middle School participated in the recent National History Day regional competitions and each one placed in his or her category. All five students are moving on to compete again at the statewide competition April 25 in Albuquerque.

The National History Day competitions allow several types of entries including websites, documentaries, papers, performances or exhibits. Each entry is thoroughly researched and reflects the theme this year, which is “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

Thomas Chadwick, Zoe Hemez and Miriam Wallstrom traveled to Farmington to compete in the Northern New Mexico region Feb. 28. Chadwick took 1st place with his website on D-Day, Hemez took 3rd place with her website on the making of the atomic bomb, and Miriam took 1st place with her documentary on the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.

Antonio Dowdy and Ruby Selvage competed in the Central New Mexico region in Albuquerque March 7. Dowdy placed 2nd with his paper on the American concentration camps, and Selvage placed 1st with her exhibit on animal rights.

Each LAMS student now spends time improving his or her project before the statewide competition April 25. If they win the 1st or 2nd place at this event they are eligible to compete in the national competition held at College Park, Md., in June.

Judges at the National History Day events are local historians, librarians and educators who assess a student’s entry, as well as a process paper saying how and why they chose the subject they did, and an extensive annotated bibliography. Skills that are practiced include critical thinking and problem-solving, research and reading, oral presentations and written communication, and self-esteem and confidence. Students gain a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process.