Being the best in your school is quite an achievement, but an Atlas Academy 8th grader can boast she's a national champion in a competition that featured more than 600,000 competitors across the country and internationally.
Harper Hoover's captivating performance June 16, 2016, at the National History Day Contest in Maryland inspired judges to give her the top award in the junior individual performance category. She created and then presented her project title, "Dare to Explore: How the Founding of the National Geographic Society Changed the Scientific Community Forever."
"The National History Day Contest requires intensive research and analytical thinking skills," said NHD Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. "Each student involved in the competition spends countless hours deliberating, researching and editing, and traveling miles to present superb historical research."
In addition to winning first place, Hoover earned the designation of NEH Scholar, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
You can also watch her performance and an interview with the young historian on Waco ISD's TV Channel beginning June 30.
Waco ISD was well represented at the National History Day competition. Fellow Atlas Academy students Brigitte Eichenberg and Neal DuPuy won regional and state competitions with their historical presentation and finished in the top 10 at the National History Day Competition. Waco High School freshman Gloria Conatser also performed a documentary at that same event.