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Students at Westside and Danbury High School Earn Awards at Connecticut History Day Competition

Eight students from Westside Middle School Academy and 17 Danbury High School students earned awards for their history research projects at the Connecticut History Day regional competition. This year the competitions were virtual, and students submitted their work on March 21.

Connecticut History Day, an affiliate program of National History Day, is for students in grades six through 12 and encourages historical exploration through research, analysis and interpretation. This year’s theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.”

The Danbury student winners are as follows:

Category: Junior Individual Documentary

Third Place: Viewing Barbara Walters. Westside Middle School: Jenna Saltzman

Category: Junior Individual Website

Second Place: Space: To the Moon and Back. Westside Middle School: Zachary Wright

Category: Junior Group Exhibit

Second Place: Chicago Freedom Movement School. Westside Middle School: Aekom Diogun, Colin Gordon, and Xavier Going

Third Place: This Project Won’t Put You To Sleep: Westside Middle School: Emili Lopez-Gibbons, Chloe Djilani, and Ethan Kennedy

Category: Senior Group Documentary

First Place: Breaking Barriers: The Danbury Railroad Station. DHS: Valentina Ramos, Amy Cordova, Megan Bhatti, and Hibba Qureshi

Category: Senior Group Website

First Place: Breaking Barriers: The Danbury Fair. DHS: Melissa Jimenez, Allyson Vecchia-Spooner, Caitlin Van Tronk, and Sarah Barta

Third Place: King of the Court: Billie Jean King. DHS: Juliana Wiseman, Riya Patel, and Kaya Fahsbender

Category: Senior Group Exhibit

First Place: Breaking the Ice: Welcoming Antarctica to the World. DHS: Faith Thomas, Ana Dela Cruz, Sarah Hwang, and Laura Snow

Second Place: Breaking Barriers During the Kosovo War. DHS: Arta Berisha and Patriot Berisha

The state level of the competition will also be held virtually at a date to be determined. The National History Day competition, also virtual, will be held in June.

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