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Bishop High students win History Day contest

May 23, 2011

The individual exhibit in the senior division, grades 9-12: “The Berlin Wall: Consequence of Failed Diplomacy” by National History Day finalist Laura Stickells of Bishop High School. Stickells and Amelia Koske-Phillips will be traveling to Maryland in June for the National Finals. File photo

Two Bishop Union High School seniors will be going to Maryland in June to compete in the National History Day Finals.
Amelia Koske-Phillips won in the exhibit category for her project titled “Mono Lake: Finding Balance Through Debate And Diplomacy.”
Laura Stickells won in the exhibit category for her project titled “The Berlin Wall: From Failed Diplomacy to Diplomatic Evolution.”
The two students won finals in the Senior Division in San Jose among 1,000 fellow student competitors and will advance to the National Finals, June 12-16.
“Both Koske-Phillips and Stickells have worked hard with their teachers on their projects and we are thrilled with their accomplishments,” said Ana Rotar, a media relations representative for the competition.
According to a press release, students presented an impressive array of papers, performances, websites, documentaries and exhibits around the 2011 National History Day theme of “Debate & Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences.”
Senator Barbara Boxer opened the program with a special video welcome and a representative from 23rd District Assemblymember Nora Campos’ office was in attendance and presented the National History Day team with a certificate of recognition.
“National History Day is a life-changing learning experience for our fourth- through 12th-grade students statewide,” said Deborah Granger, National History Day, California coordinator. “In addition to learning about the importance of history, they gain 21st century skills in writing, speaking, using technology and doing research to produce impressive projects.”
National History Day, California is one of the largest state National History Day competitions in the country and has yielded many special certificates of recognition.
National History Day is a year-long educational program that encourages elementary, middle and high school students to explore local, state, national and world history. Nationwide, some 700,000 students and 40,000 teachers participate annually in the program.
“It is a thrill to witness the motivation and intelligence displayed by these young people as they develop essential skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, research, oral and written communication, and presentation while building self-esteem, confidence and a sense of responsibility for the democratic process.” Granger said. “Students who participate in History Day discover that they have the power and the voice to make a difference for the future.”

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