Birchwood Students Triumph at State History Competition

On April 27, Birchwood students competed in the state level of National History Day at Ohio Wesleyan University. Students conducted in-depth research into a topic of their choosing on this year’s theme, Triumph and Tragedy in History. They presented their work through writing, performance, or other physical and electronic media. Their yearlong endeavors are often compared to college or even masters level research. Their hard work was rewarded with ten students winning awards and moving on to the national competition at the University of Maryland, June 9-13.

First Place:

Samy Iyer (7th grade of Highland Heights) - Individual Documentary: Stalin and the Holodomor: Triumph at an Incalculable Cost Sofia Boyd (7th grade of Cleveland) and Nasreen Shakur (7th grade of Cleveland) - Group Performance: Katherine Johnson: A Quiet Triumph in a White Man’s World

Second Place:
Ehren Collins (8th grade of Lakewood) - Historical Paper: Collinwood’s Call to Action: The Collinwood School Fire Tragedy and Its Impact on Fire Safety Eliana Yang (8th grade of Cleveland), Amy Li (8th grade of Westlake), Angela Shang (8th grade of Westlake) - Group Website: Triumph of the Flying Tigers - Rescuers in an Unfolding Chinese Tragedy Van Weinmann (8th grade of Cleveland) - Individual Website: Selma - How the Media Transformed a Tragedy Into a Triumph for Voting Rights Camille Boyer (7th grade of Cleveland), Rebecca Chin (7th grade of Cleveland) - Group Performance: Irena Sendler: One Woman’s Unsung Triumph in the Midst of Unspeakable Tragedies
National Alternates:
Eric Vaziri (8th grade of Westlake), Joseph Dang (8th grade of Westlake) - Group Documentary: The Tet Offensive: A Triumph for the Hawks, Doves and Cameras; a Tragedy for the People and Johnson Anna Sideris (8th grade of Parma), Masa Tajour (8th grade of Westlake) - Group Exhibit: Willowbrook State School: A Tragic Human Warehouse That Sparked a Triumph for Reform Qiwen Wu (7th grade of Cleveland) - Individual Documentary: The 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests: Triumphant Cry, Tragic Setback Congratulations to all of these students whose hard work was recognized and rewarded.