Five Copperas Cove Junior High School students competed Feb. 24 at the regional National History Day competition, and all five won first place in their respective categories.
They captured medals, as well as advancing to the state contest in April.
Copperas Cove High School had a team of three students capture first-place honors and advance to the next level of competition.
The National History Day contest is a yearlong commitment for the students, parents, and teachers involved. Students have been working on their projects since July, spending five hours each Saturday for the last several months ensuring their material and displays were as strong as possible. The national topic this year is Conflict and Compromise. The projects are chosen by the students based on the theme.
CCJHS students Allyssa Kimball and Rhadika Amin developed a documentary on the partition separating Pakistan and India. They gathered research, pictures, interviews, and quotes to put together their documentary then synchronized their narration to the documentary.
“It was exciting to compete again this year,” Kimball said. “Rhadika and I put a lot of work into our documentary, and it was great to see the responses we got from our families, friends, teachers and judges. We are so excited to be able to go to state, and we are going to be working hard over the next month to get our documentary ready for the next level of competition in hopes to make it to nationals in Washington, D.C.”
Emma Morris prepared her documentary on the Korean War, the separation of the nation and the impact it had on the other countries, specifically the U.S,, which came to help them.
Ariel Draper’s presentation was a dialogue on Denny Williams, a female nurse in World War II, living in the Philippines when the Japanese bombed and took over the islands.
Will French and Justin Delgado created an exhibit displaying an array of information on Panama and the conflict the country has endured.
CCJHS teacher Gene Turner was elated to see his students advance to the next level of competition.
“There were many more competitors this year, which put added pressure on our students. Only first- and second-place winners move on to state,” Turner said. “Most of our students began working on their projects last summer and this was their first and perhaps only chance to shine.”
The CCHS team of Emma Bodisch, Christopher Armstrong and Noah Luna — which advanced to the national contest last year — presented a group documentary about the Japanese Americans who were placed in internment camps after World War II began.
CCISD students had assistance preparing for the National History Day competition from staff members Catherine Sharbeno, Jon Orman, Angie Sharp, Gene Turner and retired history teacher Danny Corbett.