Four Waco ISD students in national competition this week

Four Waco ISD students in national competition this week
Posted on 06/10/2016
Four Waco ISD students returning to National History competition

This will be a big weekend for four Waco ISD students who will be competing in the National History Day competition in College Park, Maryland.

Gloria Conatser
Gloria Conatser
Brigitte Eichenberg and Neal DuPuy
Brigitte Eichenberg and Neal DuPuy
Harper Hoover
Harper Hoover

Gloria Conatser, Brigitte Eichenberg, Neal DuPuy and Harper Hoover will be presenting after they captured first place awards at the state competition, Texas History Day, held in Austin in April.

Conatser, a freshman at Waco High, will take part in the senior individual documentary division for her project entitled, “From Jacob Lawrence to Ella Fitzgerald: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange of Art through the Great Migration.”

Brigitte Eichenberg (eighth-grade), and Neal DuPuy (seventh-grade), both students at ATLAS Academy, placed second at last years’ national event and third the year before. They will present in the junior group performance division for their project entitled, “For the Love of Adventure.”

Hoover, who also advanced to the national competition last year, is an eighth-grade student at ATLAS Academy. Harper competes in the junior individual performance division for her project entitled, “Dare to Explore.”

For the 2015-2016 history fair competition, all projects explored aspects of the 2016 theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” Competition began locally at school history fairs last fall.

Winning projects at that level advanced to the HOT Regional History Fair at Baylor University in February. More than 400 students from 14 counties in fifth- through twelfth-grade competed in three divisions (fifth-grade, junior division and senior division).

Winners from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Central America, China, Korea and South Asia, advanced on to the National competition that begins Sunday, June 12 in Maryland.

More than 600,000 students around the world create historical research projects in one of five categories: documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances or websites.

Less than one percent of all entries make it to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest, according to NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “They truly represent the best and brightest minds of the next generation,” Gorn added. Winners will be announced Thursday, June 16.