• Issue 5

Each year, Lancer students in honors world history and literature classes conduct historical research on a topic of their choice. They work hard with the goal of earning a spot to compete in the week-long National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The National Contest is the final stage of a series of contests at local and state/affiliate levels. Students first present their projects at the local level and top entries are then invited to compete at the state level in Ellensburg. Lancers must place in the top two of their category to be invited to compete at the national level.

This year Freshmen Lancers Maddy S., Julia Y. and Colin O. broke through the senior barrier and qualified to compete at nationals. To qualify at this level as freshman is a major achievement! Their group exhibit, The World Doesn't Revolve Around You: The Breakthrough of Heliocentrism will represent Kennedy Catholic well at this year’s virtual conference.

Teachers Mr. Wright and Ms. Gurnard said “we are quite proud of them for all of their resilience. This all happened after schools had been closed, and yet every group transformed their projects and submit a virtual version to the regional competition pretty much on their own. The same was true for competing at State, as well as getting ready for the National competition. And they did this knowing that there would not be a trip to Ellensburg, or to Washington, D.C.”

Congrats Maddy, Julia and Colin, we can’t wait to see what next year holds!

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