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Thursday, March 10, 2016

FCPS Students Win 10 First Place Awards at National History Day Regional Competition

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students won ten first place awards at the regional competition for National History Day held last weekend at Mount Vernon High School. First and second prize winners in each category and in each age division have qualified to compete in the Virginia History Day contest on Saturday, April 23.

First place winners included:

  • Laura Pavlak of West Springfield High School in Senior Historical Paper for "Gertrude Bell and the Birth of Iraq."
  • Nicholas Frankenberg of Langley High School in Senior Individual Exhibit for "Progress is Impossible Without Exchange: The Effects of Commodore Matthew Perry's Encounter with Japan."
  • Rithika Anand and Joanne Lee of Centreville High School in Senior Group Exhibit for "The Space Race: Exploration that Led to Scientific Evolution."
  • Alexander Panteleos and Alexander Weszelovsky of Springfield Estates Elementary School in Junior Group Exhibit for "Neil Armstrong."
  • Madelyn Bean of West Springfield High School in Senior Individual Performance for "A Nation Born in Suffering: The Encounters of Britton and Boer in the Second Boer War."
  • Mari Sue Romero and Emma Elliott of West Springfield High School in Senior Group Performance for "Goodbye Persia, Hello Greece."
  • Dorian Miller of Langley High School in Senior Individual Website for "The Telescope: Changing the Way We Look at the Stars."
  • Joseph McCarthy of Whitman Middle School in Junior Individual Website for "American Spices: A Cornucopia of Culinary and Cultural Convergence."
  • Jesus Neyra and Nicholas Lin of Westfield High School in Senior Group Website for "The Silk Roads Impact on the Han Dynasty."
  • Kai Russell, Ronit Reddy, and Shreyas Mayya of Lorton Station Elementary in Junior Group Website for "Diseases Given and Got: Diseases Outbreaks and Epidemics 1607-1865."

Special awards were presented to the following FCPS students: Joseph McCarthy of Whitman Middle for "American Spices," the George Washington Leadership Prize sponsored by George Washington's Mount Vernon; Laura Pavlak of West Springfield High for "Gertrude Bell and the Birth of Iraq," the National Women's History Museum Award; Kai Russell, Ronit Reddy, and Shreyas Mayya of Lorton Station Elementary School for "Disease Given and Got," the Citizenship History Award sponsored by the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Second place winners included Zoe Seal of Westfield High School in Senior Historical Paper; Noorjahan Sheikh of Mount Vernon High School in Senior Individual Exhibit; Zach Thompson and Victoria Cho of West Springfield High School in Senior Group Exhibit. Grant Halla and Raffu Khondaker of Springfield Estates Elementary School in Junior Group Exhibit; Aislin Carpenter of Westfield High School in Senior Individual Performance; Alexis Frost of Lorton Station Elementary School in Junior Individual Performance; Kaela Peters of West Springfield High School in Senior Individual Website; Yeajin Cho, Jenny Chun, and Sophia Choi of Centreville High School in Senior Group Website; Kimberly Teo-Estrada and Anna Arzeta of Whitman Middle School in Junior Group Website; Brian Rademacher and Jon Ranieri of West Springfield High School in Senior Group Documentary; and Andrea Silva and Avril Silva of Lorton Station Elementary School in Junior Group Documentary.

Complete results are available online.

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