Continuing an impressive year-over-year performance, Montrose adds six state-level National History Day awards this year, including a state championship.
Elizabeth Barrett and Elyza Tuan, both Montrose School class of 2023, won first place in Senior Group Performance in Massachusetts’ annual National History Day competition, at the Virtual Winners Ceremony held virtually on Monday, April 26. They earned top honors for their history project, “Pageant of Great Suffragettes: The Evolution of Violence as a Means of Communication Toward Progress in Feminism.”
Elizabeth and Elyza now head to the national round, also to be held remotely this year, scheduled for June 13-19.
In addition, two Montrose 9th graders, Leslie Baker and Theresa Bettinelli, received an Honorable Mention for their Senior Group Website on “Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda: Communication in World War II Germany.” Four other Montrose students received recognition at the state level for their work.
Each year over half a million students participate in the National History Day contest, including more than 6,000 Massachusetts students. The contest is sponsored by National History Day, a non-profit education organization based in College Park, Maryland. Students take part in regional and state competitions to earn a spot in the national competition.
Montrose Humanities Coordinator Barbara Whitlock noted that competing in National History Day gives students “an opportunity to learn how to do the real work of history: to follow their curiosity, develop a careful and thorough research process, and to interpret historical evidence and add to scholarship on their topic.” This year's contest topic, "Communication in History," inspired documentaries, performances, papers, websites and exhibits on topics ranging from the hoopskirt to the Jonestown Massacre to the OK Corral.
Montrose students have qualified for the national competition in 4 of the last 5 years and regularly dominate the state-level competition.