Thursday, June 17, 2010

And the Winners Are...

Team Washington performed spectacularly well at the 2010 National History Day contest, with 15 students either placing in the top 14 in the country or winning a special award. As if that weren't enough,  Sequim Middle School's Tricia Billes was named the 2010 PBS Teacher of Merit, one of the highest national honors bestowed on a history teacher!

2nd - Nathan Maris, International Community School, Senior Individual Documentary
3rd - Abby Burlingame and Ceri Riley, International Community School, Senior Group Performance
6th - Sarah Sadlier, Charles Wright Academy, Senior Individual Exhibit
6th - James Reis and Wesley Gilchrist, Sequim Middle School, Junior Group Exhibit
7th - Heni Barnes, Coupeville Middle School, Junior Individual Documentary
7th - Ana Kirichuk and Jessica Jin, International Community School, Senior Web Site
11th - Kalin Goss, Junior Individual Documentary, Northshore Junior High
11th - Samantha Larson, Senior Individual Documentary, Kentwood High School
12th - Cassie Bliley, Brittany Beaudoin, Hayley McCarthy, Wy'East Middle School,Junior Group Performance

Junior Outstanding State Award - Heni Barnes, Coupeville Middle School
Senior Outstanding State Award - Ana Kirichuk and Jessica Jin, International Community School

Several students won special awards:
Maddy Schei and Emily Najar, Stanwood High School, Immigration History Award
Sarah Sadlier, Charles Wright Academy, Naval History Award
Nathan Maris, International Community School, Legacy Award

Washington students had a tremendous overall showing; every single one placed ninth or higher in the preliminary round, and nine advanced to finals. We'll post a contest debrief in the next day or so, once we get home and get a little sleep. Congratulations to everyone!


  1. Have they announced the theme for next year yet?

  2. Congrats to all!!

  3. Next year's theme is Debate and Diplomacy in History: Successes, Failures, Consequences

  4. Thanks so much to Lauren, Mark, and Gwen for all they did to make this a great trip! Team Washington Rocked!!

  5. This was my first year, and I've already started my project for next! I'm so excited! Thanks for making the experience worthwhile!