Fairfield students place in History Day contest

More than 200 students representing the communities of Brookfield, Fairfield, Newton, Redding, Shelton, Stamford, Weston and Westport presented their History Day projects to teams of judges at the Fairfield District History Day in Connecticut Contest on March 15.

Contestants selected topics that ranged from local history to national and world history. Students in sixth through 12th grades have spent months researching a topic of their own choice related to this year’s theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Students presented their work in one of five categories: Exhibits, documentaries, websites, papers or performances.

The Fairfield District History Day in Connecticut Contest took place at Fairfield University and was co-sponsored by the university’s Department of History and the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP), a separate school within Fairfield University.

In the senior division, Pequot Homeschool students Isabella Altherr, Annabel Barry, Pierce Barry, Quinn Barry, Jaden Esse took first place for group performance for “The Farm Security Administration Photography Project: Human Rights and Government Responsibility Through an Altered Lens.”

In the junior division, Roger Ludlowe Middle School students Mackenzie Llewellyn and jack Llewellyn earned second place for group website for “Title Nine” and Fairfield Woods Middle School students Hayden Mattus and Morgan Cutler earned third in group website for “Rights and Responsibilities in Women’s Basketball.”

For group exhibit, Tomlinson Middle School students James Wray, Victor de la Pena and Clement Gauthier came in second for “Restricting Biological Weapons,” while Roger Ludlowe Middle School students Caroline Dayton and Sophia Garbarino earned third place for “How to be a Knight.”

Individual exhibitors Sophie Jalkut from Roger Ludlowe Middle School and Christopher Allison from Fairfield Woods Middle School earned first and second place. Sophie’s project was titled “Dying with Dignity,” while Christopher’s was called “The Rights and Responsibilities of Military Soldiers.”

Roger Ludlow Middle School student Jack Adams won first place honors for his junior paper, “Promise, Progress & Perseverance: An Education in American Education.”

Fairfield is one of the six History Day in Connecticut District Contests held in Connecticut throughout March. Students who place in the top three in each category are invited to the State History Day Contest at Central Connecticut State University on April 26.

For more information about History Day in Connecticut, visit historydayct.org/. The National History Day website is nhd.org.

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