North Carolina Students Triumph Onward to National History Day Competition

After a day of competing and presenting facts at the History Day competition in Raleigh

After a day of competing and presenting facts at the History Day competition in Raleigh, 64 middle and high school students from across the state will advance to the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland-College Park, June 9-13, on the topic “Triumph and Tragedy in History.”


“These winning students were from among 450 participating and now must prepare for a national competition that involves thousands of students from all 50 states,” observes History Day coordinator Karen Ipock. “They will improve their projects based on feedback from judges at the statewide competition as their projects will continue to evolve from local competitions.”


Students from 70 North Carolina schools participated in the state competition, having advanced from regionals, and 27 schools will be represented at nationals. Students researched topics and created exhibits, documentaries, performances, papers and websites on historic examples of triumph and tragedy on subjects from the impact of the Treaty of Versailles to discrimination against Ruth Bader Ginsberg.


In addition to those students advancing to the national competition, more than 63 students in North Carolina won special awards recognizing projects that excelled in specific historical topics. The widespread recognition of students at the competition is made possible in part through private donors who fund nearly 18 awards.


Students advancing to the National History Day competition, with school and county, are:


East Region:

Aisling Casey, Washington Montessori (Beaufort)

John Hinchey, Washington Montessori (Beaufort)

Lane Nickson, Croatan High (Carteret)

Katherine Meine and Aurelia Colvin, Cape Fear Academy (New Hanover)

Farhan Sanukri, Wilmington Academy Of Arts And Sciences (New Hanover)

Claire Sandusky and Caitlin Borrett, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry (New Hanover)

Emily Schmidt and Ruiko Jacobs, Junius H. Rose High (Pitt)

Elaijah Lapay, Junius H. Rose High (Pitt)

Kamille Smith and Bryce Herring, Wayne School of Engineering (Wayne)

Lacey Ragan, Wayne School of Engineering (Wayne)


Piedmont Region:

Rayael Wilson, Rosina Eatmon, Jordan Love, Datavious Worthon, and Ian Robinson, SandHoke Early College High (Hoke)

Noemi Fuentes-Rivera, Aniya Bell, Hannah Squier, and Donald Luckett, SandHoke Early College High (Hoke)

Henry Rowen, Edward Zhang, and Ekansh Bansal, Davis Drive Middle (Wake)

Pranet Sharma, Green Hope High (Wake)

Meghana Chamarty, Panther Creek High (Wake)

Alexandra Dye, McDougle Middle (Orange)

Sabra Dye, Chapel Hill High (Orange)

Andi Bradsher, Oak Tree Academy (Person)

Audrey Hupman and Rocio Rosa, Woodlawn Middle (Mebane)

Brady Farlow and Lauren Fritzsche, Oak Grove High School (Davidson)

Matthew Chapa, Weddington Middle (Union)

Anna Scott, Luke Drago, Mahith Edula, Vinitha Sunkara, and Jonathan Baxley, Ardrey Kell High (Mecklenberg)

Anna Banas, Ardrey Kell High (Mecklenberg)

Abby Sampson, Hickory Grove Christian School (Mecklenberg)

Elizabeth Brown, Independence High (Mecklenberg)

Andrea Rodriguez, North Forsyth High (Forsyth)


West Region:

Clara Hockenberry, Hendersonville High (Henderson)

Catherine Jones and Halle Vazquez, Hendersonville Middle (Henderson)

Emma Grace Palmer, and Courtney Blair, Hendersonville Middle (Henderson)

Catherine Boyette, Hendersonville Middle (Henderson)

Noah Pavao, Immaculata Catholic School (Henderson)

Anne Jones and Patrick Jones, Immaculata Catholic School (Henderson)

Leyla Belk, Amy Malt, and John Paul Torres, Classical Scholars (Henderson)

Katy Sue Malt, Katherine Grady, and Leah Fibraio, Classical Scholars (Henderson)

Isabella White, Martha Kehrberg, and Willow Garrison, ArtSpace Charter School (Buncombe)

Isabella Hardy, Gryphon Academy (Avery)


For 43 years, National History Day has recognized and rewarded students for completing in-depth research and creating original projects that further appreciation and understanding of history.


National History Day is administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and supported by the North Caroliniana Society and the Federation of N.C. Historical Societies.


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