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Genoa Middle School students advance to National History Day competition, earn special Ohio History Day award

Genoa Middle School students advance to National History Day competition, earn special Ohio History Day award

Two Genoa Middle School students are moving onto the National History Day competition following the Ohio History Day competition on April 20 at Capital University. Another student also received a special Ohio History Day award for their project.

Sixth-graders Audrey Groger and Natalie Shipman placed second in the junior group exhibit category with their project, “The Fight to Find the Polio Vaccine.” Their teachers are Lori Howland and Deanna McDaniel.

The first- and second-place winners qualify to compete in the National History Day competition June 9-13 at the University of Maryland. The theme for this year’s competition was “Turning Points in History;” Groger and Shipman are among 470 students across the state whose 285 projects competed in the Ohio History Day competition.

Five Westerville students received honorable mentions for their projects. They include:

  • Junior Group Exhibit: Amarie Tull, Anna Flaherty and Cameron Cooper — “Sally Ride: First American Woman in Space,” Genoa (Teachers: LeslieThompson and McDaniel)
  • Junior Individual Website: Rawlings Kanjo — “Crossroads of Change: the Great Migration as a Turning Point,” Genoa (Teachers: Thompson and McDaniel)
  • Senior Paper: Samson Gurgiolo — Napoleon's Invasion of Russia: How the Greatest Military Disaster of the 19th Century Forever Altered Europe,” Westerville South High School 

Seventh-grader Aida Lusenhop won the The History of Education Award for her project in the junior individual exhibit: “Margaret Sanger: Birth Control.” (Teachers: Caitlin Begeny and McDaniel) This award comes with a prize of a 529 college savings plan valued at $250, provided by Ohio's 529 Plan, CollegeAdvantage. 

  • Genoa Middle School
  • Westerville City Schools
  • Westerville South High School

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