Three Waco ISD students will return from National History Day in College Park, Maryland as national finalists. Paige DuPuy (rising eighth-grader) and Brigitte Eichenberg (rising seventh-grader), students at ATLAS Academy, placed third in the junior group performance division. Haley Miller, a rising tenth-grader at Waco High School, placed sixth in the senior individual performance division.
All History Fair projects this year focused on the theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History.” Competition began locally at campus-based fairs last fall. Projects that placed as winners advanced to the Heart of Texas Regional History Fair which was held in February on the campus of Baylor University, where 461 students from 14 counties in fifth- through twelfth-grade competed in nine project categories. Winners taking first- or second- place advanced to the Texas History Day competition, held in Austin in May. The three Waco ISD students advanced to the National History Day competition after their research and resulting products were deemed best at the state competition, Texas History Day, in Austin.
DuPuy and Eichenberg competed in the junior group performance category with a project entitled, “Armbands on Trial: When Rights and Responsibilities Collide,” about the United States Supreme Court decision that defined the constitutional rights of students in U.S. public schools. Miller competed in the senior individual performance category with her portrayal of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Her project was entitled, “The Book that Started this Great War: Opening Eyes to Oppression One Page at a Time."
See video interview here...