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24 Aldine ISD Students Advance to National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in June

24 Aldine ISD Students Advance to National History Day Competition at the University of Maryland in June
Posted on 05/24/2018

The National Contest is the final stage that began in classrooms and local contests around the world.

The Nimitz HS group comprised by Raymundo Barrera, Roland Reyes, Abigail Tack, Isaiah Thomas and Héctor Torres advances to nationals with the project “The Chamizal Dispute: A Century of Conflict.” The entry has been selected to represent Texas for a display at the Smithsonian American History Museum.

After spending months researching and competing, 24 Aldine ISD students will head to Maryland. They are eager to show their hard work at the National Contest this summer.

The students advanced after taking home first and second place wins at the state competition held on April 28 in Austin. The Texas State Historical Association’s Annual Texas History Day took place at the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the University of Texas. National-History-Day-2018-Logo-1.jpg

Now, they prepare for a larger stage. Each year nearly 3,000 students with their families and teachers gather at the University of Maryland, College Park for the weeklong event. These enthusiastic groups come from all 50 United States, Washington, D.C., Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea, South Asia, and Central America.

National History Day is set for June 10-14 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

It is worth mentioning that one of the District’s advancing projects — The Chamizal Dispute: A Century of Conflict — has been selected to represent Texas for a display at the Smithsonian American History Museum during NHD in June.

Aldine students were not the only ones who earned recognition at Texas History Day. Deborah Johnson, AISD program director of secondary social studies, is the 2018 recipient of the Clifton Caldwell Texas History Day Award. She received the honor for 20 years of outstanding support of the National History Day program in Texas.

AISD Projects Advancing to NHD

Senior Division

1st Place — Julian Bittan, Jeremiah Lyons, Derick Ofori & Ana Pedraza
Category: Senior Group Documentary
Project — When the Postman Didn’t Ring Twice
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Barbi Petty

1st Place — Isabel Rivas
Category: Senior Individual Documentary
Project — Battle for the West
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Barbi Petty

2nd Place — Linda Duong
Category: Senior Historical Paper
Project — Claiborne: Handling A Maelstrom of Collective Identities
Campus — Eisenhower HS
Teacher — Lezlee Brinkman

1st Place — Raymundo Barrera, Roland Reyes, Abigail Tack, Isaiah Thomas & Héctor Torres
Special Honor: Project selected for display to represent Texas at Smithsonian American History Museum during NHD 2018 in June.
Category: Senior Group Exhibit
Project — The Chamizal Dispute: A Century of Conflict
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Barbi Petty

1st Place — Jacqueline Hernández
Category: Senior Individual Performance
Project — A Conflict Within the Guatemalan Fields: Rigoberta Menchu
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Barbi Petty

1st Place —Alpha García, Adrián Garza, Miriam Hernández & Lillian Nicholas
Category: Senior Group Website
Project — The Unionization of General Motors
Campus — Carver HS
Teacher — Todd Gonion

2nd Place — Gladys Barrera, Alousius Fombang, Andrew Fombang & Isaac Veloz
Category: Senior Group Website
Project — From Subdivision to Superfund
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Barbi Petty

2nd Place — Denisse Córdova
Special Award: Outstanding Regional Entry at State History Day
Category: Senior Individual Website
Project — Kahlo’s Paintbrush: Deconstructing Gender & Constructing Mexicanidad
Campus — MacArthur HS
Teacher — Julie Thoma

Junior Division

1st Place — Emily Muñoz, Britney Segovia & Miriam Uresti
Category: Junior Group Website
Project — NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Campus — Grantham Academy for Engineering
Teacher — Alton Riggins

History is more than mere facts and dates. Students learn to dig deeper into historical content to develop perspective and understanding, while developing essential critical thinking skills.

Each year more than 60,000 Texas students join more than 500,000 students across the country to actively engage in yearlong research, interpretation, and creative expression through the National History Day program.

Aldine ISD students also earned fourth place finishes as well as 10 special awards at the state event.

Other State History Day Highlights

Special Award — Colonial Dames Award
Student — Ángela Rocha
Category — Senior Historical Paper
Project — From ‘Milk and Water’ to Bread and Butter: The Partisan Conflict That Shaped a Nation
Campus — MacArthur HS
Teacher — Julie Thoma

Special Award — Distinguished Achievement
Student — Daphne López
Category — Senior Individual Exhibit
Project — Messenger of the Stars
Campus — Carver HS for Engineering, Applied Technology & The Arts (Magnet School)
Teacher — Todd Gonion

Special Award — Distinguished Achievement
Student — John Duong, Sarahi Juárez & Isabella Marmalejo
Category — Junior Group Exhibit
Project — The Vietnam War and the Paris Peace Accords
Campus — Shotwell MS (IB® World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

Special Award — Distinguished Achievement
Student — Tahamid Bhuiyan
Category — Junior Individual Exhibit
Project — A Compromise to Control Earth’s Greatest Weapon
Campus — Shotwell MS (IB® World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

Special Award — Distinguished Achievement
Student — Justin Raghoonanansingh
Category — Junior Individual Exhibit
Project — Prohibition
Campus — Lewis MS
Teacher — Matthew Moore

Special Award — Distinguished Achievement
Student — Graciela de la Cuesta, Tiffany Gómez & Victoria Mireles
Category — Junior Group Documentary
Project — The Venezuelan War
Campus — Lewis MS
Teacher — Erica Mercer

Special Award — Distinguished Achievement
Student — Olivia Gonzales
Category — Junior Individual Documentary
Project — The Mother of Medicine
Campus — Shotwell MS (IB® World School — Middle Years Program)
Teacher — Monica Blackshire

2 Special Awards — Distinguished Achievement & Outstanding Regional Entry
Student — Aaliyah Callaway & Alicia Garza
Category — Junior Group Performance
Project — Berlin Wall … Reagan or Gorbachev
Campus — Grantham Academy for Engineering (Magnet School)
Teacher — Alton Riggins

4th Place — Victor Wang
Category — Senior Individual Website
Project — The Great Conflict: The Grand Compromise
Campus — Nimitz HS
Teacher — Barbi Petty

4th Place — Emma Montiel
Category — Junior Individual Performance
Project — A White Girl’s Take on the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Campus — Drew Academy for Mathematics, Science & Fine Arts (Magnet School)
Teacher — Katherine Montenegro

Congratulations!