Students Win Top Awards at the 2012 History Day L.A.
On Saturday March 10, four Viewpoint juniors won top awards in the 2012 History Day L.A. competition, a history-themed competition for all schools in the Los Angeles County area, hosted by Azusa Pacific University. The theme for this year was Revolution, Reaction, and Reform, and our students received awards for their exceptional work on this complex and thought-provoking theme. At the end of the day’s activities, Evan Z. ’13 and Madison K. ’13 were chosen as the winners of the Los Angeles area competition, and will to go on to the 2012 History Day California State Finals in Riverside on April 27-29.
“Our students have been working for months on extensive research papers related to the theme that explore a historical question using both primary and secondary sources,” said Upper School Social Studies teacher Susan Elliott. “Each student approached the theme from a different perspective and moment in time. Evan’s paper was on the John Adams’ role in the Revolution of 1800, while and Madison wrote her research paper on Rachel Carson’s founding of the Modern Environmental Movement.” Emily S. ’13 was chosen as alternate for the State competition for her paper on Charles Darwin, and Emma S. ’13 received Honorable Mention for her historical research paper on the dropping of the Atomic Bomb.
Over 30 secondary schools were represented in the Los Angeles County competition and the students were put through a rigorous process of appearing before a panel of judges to address questions about their research. This is the fourth time Viewpoint School has won the History Day L.A. competition and sent students onto the state competition.
Good luck to Madison and Evan!